680 NEWS wine reviews – February 2–4, 2018

Delaforce Alvarinho 2015
Alvarinho is arguably Portugal’s best grape for white wine. You can try it yourself if you pick up a bottle of the Delaforce Alvarinho 2015 from the Douro Valley where port is grown. Straw-coloured, this wine has a minerally, oily nose of peaches with a toasty oak note; full-bodied and dry, its richly extracted peach and citrus flavours fill the mouth and linger a long time. It costs $16.95 at Vintages outlets. Marry it with grilled fish or as an aperitif. That’s Delaforce Alvarinho 2015 from Portugal. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($16.95, Vintages #523654) (89)

Miguel Torres Cordillera de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Miguel Torres, the great Spanish wine house, was the first European company to invest in Chile. Among their extensive range of Chilean wines is Cordillera de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from the Maipo Valley. Dense purple-black in colour, it shows a cedary, spicy, blackcurrant nose with a note of dried herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it’s dry and savoury with herbal, cassis flavours, a lovely mouth-feel and a firm tannic finish. A wine for roast lamb or steak. You’ll find it at Vintages outlets for $19.95. That’s Miguel Torres Cordillera de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. ($19.95, Vintages #541169) (89)

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