680 NEWS wine reviews – January 19–21, 2018

Pascual Toso Estate Malbec 2015
Here’s an affordable Malbec from Argentina that punches above its weight in the flavour department: Pascual Toso Estate Malbec 2015. Dense purple in colour, this easy-drinking Malbec offers a spicy plum nose with vanilla oak notes; it’s medium-bodied with mouth-filling sweet plum and blackberry flavours ending with mellow, ripe tannins. It costs $13.95 a bottle on the LCBO’s general list. A versatile food wine, you can match it with hamburgers, pepperoni pizza or pork ribs. That’s Pascual Toso Estate Malbec 2015 from Argentina in Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($13.95, LCBO #35170) (88)

Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2016
Today’s recommendation is Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2016 from Niagara. The St. Urban Vineyard, one of the oldest in Ontario, was planted in 1979 with vines propagated from a clone grown in Germany’s Mosel Region. Pale straw in colour with a nose of grapefruit and honey, the wine is light to medium-bodied with an off-dry, honeyed grapefruit flavour. There’s a wonderful tension here between sweetness and citrus acidity. Try it with Asian dishes or Münster cheese. That’s Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling from Ontario at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($19.95, Vintages #38117) (89)

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