680 NEWS wine reviews, April 13–14, 2019

Toro Bravo Tempranillo/Merlot 2017
One of the best buys currently on the LCBO’s general product shelves is Toro Bravo Tempranillo Merlot 2017 from Valencia in Spain. Deep ruby in colour, its spicy bouquet of ripe black fruits fairly leaps out of the glass. Medium- to full-bodied and dry, this unusual blend offers red plum and mocha chocolate flavours with a bright acidic finish. I wouldn’t give it 96 points, as quoted in the LCBO catalogue, but it’s certainly a tasty wine for the price – which is an affordable $7.95 a bottle. Serve it with a hearty beef casserole. That’s Toro Bravo Tempranillo/Merlot 2017 from Spain. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($7.95, LCBO #635755)

Santa Julia Organic Torrontes 2018
Torrontes charms you with its bouquet. This Argentinian grape has the aromas of honeysuckle and cardamom. You’d expect the wine to be sweet but it’s dry and medium-bodied with flavours of white peach, tangerine, lime and oriental spices. If you enjoy perfumed wines, you’ll love Santa Julia Organic Torrontes 2018, just released at Vintages outlets. It costs $13.95 a bottle and makes a great aperitif wine, or serve it with lightly curried dishes. That’s Santa Julia Organic Torrontes 2018 from Argentina. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($13.95, Vintages #232694)

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