680 NEWS wine reviews, March 23–25, 2018

Aniello 006 Riverside Estate Pinot Noir 2016
Pinot Noir has been called “the heartbreak grape.” And with good reason.  It’s like the little girl with the curl because when it’s good, it’s very, very good, but when it’s bad it’s horrid. Well, here’s a very, very good version from Argentina at a very good price: Aniello 006 Riverside Estate Pinot Noir 2016. Cherry red in colour, it has a spicy, earthy nose of rose petals and raspberry candy. Medium-bodied and dry, the flavours of sweet raspberry and pomegranate fill the mouth. A beautifully balanced wine with a lovely mouth-feel. It costs $17.95 at Vintages outlets. Serve it with chicken or veal. That’s Aniello 006 Riverside Estate Pinot Noir 2016 from Argentina. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($17.95, Vintages #542092) (89)

Castelo do Mar Albariño 2016
Fed up with Chardonnay? Bored with Sauvignon Blanc? Try this Albariño from north-western Spain. Currently at Vintages is Castelo do Mar Albariño 2016, a deliciously crisp, dry white wine that sells for $17.95 a bottle. Bright straw in colour, minerally, lemony notes rise from the glass at first sniff. It’s medium-bodied, dry with a floral, peachy flavour and a lively citrus finish. A versatile wine for fish and seafood. That’s Castelo do Mar Albariño 2016 from Spain. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($17.95, Vintages #488734) (89)

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