680 NEWS wine reviews, May 4–5, 2019

Anselmi San Vincenzo 2017
For my palate, Roberto Anselmi makes some of the very best wines in Veneto’s Soave region – but you won’t find the name Soave on the label, because Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have been blended into the traditional Garganega grapes. His wine is simply called Anselmi San Vincenzo. The 2017 has a bright, pale straw colour. The nose is a spicy symphony of honeyed lychee, honeydew melon, peach and apple. It’s dry, light to medium-bodied, smooth, very spicy, with intense ripe, peachy, melon-apple purée flavours that linger to a mineral-tinged finish. The best news is that the price at Vintages has been reduced by $2 to $15.95 until May 26th. Try with ham or poultry. That’s Anselmi San Vincenzo 2017 from Veneto. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($15.95 until May 26, Vintages #948158)

Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2017
If you’re preparing dinner for your mother next weekend – and she’s a fan of California wines and Sauvignon Blanc in particular – pick up a bottle of Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from Vintages. Bright, pale straw in colour, minerally, citrus aromas rise from the glass with herbaceous notes. The wine is medium-bodied, dry, with the flavour of green plums carried on zesty acidity to a firm finish. It costs $18.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets. Try it with asparagus or a goat’s cheese salad. That’s Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from Monterey County, California. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 News. ($18.95, Vintages #639591)

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