Saturday, August 22. 2015
There are several old favourites of mine among this month’s “Hot Buys” at Cristall Wine Merchants in Sunnyside Mall. Unfortunately, I am told that all the current hot buys are about to be de-listed. It seems that the declining Canadian dollar is starting to take its toll and prices for these wines are no longer competitive. Therefore, if like me, you are a fan, this may be your last chance to stock up at a bargain price.
Musita Catarratto 2014, Sicilia DOC 13.5% $12.99 ($3 off) Cristall Wine Merchants From the fine native Sicilian Cattarrato grape, this aromatic white offers scents of exotic yellow tropical fruit with floral and spicy notes and hints of banana. Lush fresh fruit flavours are backed up by creamy honeyed spice offset with crisp mineral and brisk acidity. Excellent value. **
Musita Grillo 2014, Sicilia DOC 14% $12.99 ($4 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Fresh lemon citrus and white flowers on the nose lead the way for lively citrus and pear flavours with prickly acidity and good mineral grip, finishing quite dry. A harmonious, refreshing wine to serve as an aperitif or to pair with fresh seafood and other light dishes. ***
Almodi Petit Red 2013, Terra Alta DO, Spain 14.5% $12.99 ($4 off) Cristall Wine Merchants A blend of Syrah, Garnacha (Grenache) and Merlot, this is a full-bodied wine with great depth of red fruit, velvety tannins, good overall balance, finishing with spicy notes and a touch of licorice. A big mouthful for very little money. Serve with grilled red meats, burgers or full-flavoured cheese. ***
Otto Vigneti Varvaglione Vignevini Rosso Puglia IGP 12% $10.99 ($2 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Offers red berry flavours with a touch of spice and a splash of milk chocolate, lightly firm tannic grip and balanced acidity. Easy drinking, unpretentious wine with decent depth of fruit and structure. **
Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2013, Sangiovese Terre degli Osci IGT, Italy 13% $12.99 ($4 off) Cristall Wine Merchants Inviting scents of spicy red fruit set the tone for full flavoured, ripe fruit flavours with a touch of Sangiovese bitter cherry bite. With food friendly acidity and lightly firm tannic grip, this is a well-balanced wine finishing with a touch of dark chocolate and appetizing bitter cherry notes. ***
Gin Mare Authentic Mediterranean Gin, Spain 42.7% $49.95 NSLC (Larger Stores) Spain’s Gin Mare establishes its Mediterranean identity by using Arbequina olives, thyme, basil and rosemary. Characteristic juniper scent is readily apparent on the nose together with citrus peel, a whiff of thyme and a suggestion of olive. Resinous scents of rosemary can also be picked up with fragrant basil in the background. Superbly smooth on the palate with a complex array of subtle flavours that linger on the finish. **