Four of the five wines reviewed below are among the “Hot Buy” offerings currently available from Cristall Wine Merchants in Bedford’s Sunnyside Mall. Special prices are in effect while supplies last, until June 26th.
The final selection is a recently arrived Malbec from Mendoza in Argentina. It is just the thing to pair with grilled red meats and gourmet burgers on the BBQ.
Vignete di Montagna Pinot Grigio 2013, Trentino DOC, Italy 12.5% $14.99 ($3 off). Harvested from vineyards in the foothills of the Dolomites, this is an elegant wine showing cool-climate freshness and style. Aromatic yellow and green fruit scents yield to lively green apple, pear and mineral flavours supported by refreshingly crisp acidity. Crisp, fresh and lively - this is how a good Pinot Grigio should taste. ***
Icalma Chardonnay 2014, Wines of Chile 12% $10.99 ($2 off). Reveals floral and citrus on the nose together with a surprising leafy herbal scent. Refreshingly light and pure in the mouth with citrus, crisp green apple and a touch of stone fruit on the finish. Excellent value. ***
Icalma Merlot 2014, Wines of Chile 12% $10.99 ($2 off). Offers characteristic varietal Merlot dark plum with earthy and spicy overtones on the nose. Plum and dark cherry flavours are enhanced by well-balanced acidity, gentle tannins and food friendly dryness on the finish. ***
Varvaglione Vigne & Vini 12 e Mezzo 2014, Primitivo del Salento IGP, Italy. 12.5% $15.99 ($4 off). Offers a complex, elegantly perfumed ripe fruit bouquet overlaid with sandalwood and cinnamon spice. Rich, sweet ripe blackberry, raspberry and black currant flavours are supported by good tannic structure, with well-integrated fruit, spice and tannic grip on the finish Splendid value. ****
Penaflor Beef Steak Club – The Meaty Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina 13% $17.99. (Regular Price). Attractively scented red berry and red currant with spicy overtones open the way for rounded red fruit flavours with a light dollop of milk chocolate on the palate, finishing firm and dry.A fine match for grilled red meats. **