680 NEWS wine reviews, August 10–12, 2018

Mont Gravet Colombard 2017
The Colombard grape is one of the varieties they use in the Charentes and Gascony regions to distil into Cognac and Armagnac, but some growers in Gascony use it for table wine. Recently released in Vintages is Mont Gravet Colombard 2017. Pale straw in colour with a lime tint, the wine has a minerally nose of green peaches with a light floral top note. Medium-bodied in weight, it’s got a mouth-freshening flavour of green plums with great length. It costs $13.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets. Chill it and serve it was an aperitif wine or with Caesar salad. That’s Mont Gravet Colombard 2017 from Southwest France.  For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($13.95, Vintages #521930) (89)

San Marzano Tramari Rosé di Primitivo 2017
If you don’t think the LCBO is awash in pink wines, just type in rosé in their website product search box. You’ll get 468 entries, several which are not actually rosés, but it gives you an idea just how popular the category is. So, what to choose? I recently tasted San Marzano Tramari Rosé di Primitivo 2017 from Italy’s Puglia region which was delicious. Made from the Zinfandel grape, this rosé is pale pink in colour with a lightly floral bouquet of raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, it’s richly extracted red cherry flavour is carried on lively acidity. It costs $14.95 at Vintages outlets. It has enough weight and structure to stand up to red meat dishes. That’s San Marzano Tramari Rosé di Primitivo from Italy at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.50, Vintages #556258) (88.5)

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