Tony Aspler’s Wine Picks
Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay
2012 (Beamsville Bench, Niagara)
Good vintage. Good value. This Ontario Chardonnay is straw-coloured with a nose of apples and vanilla oak; medium-bodied, dry, apple flavour. The wine is nicely balanced with a lingering citrus finish. Food match: turkey; cold salmon.
$18.95 • Vintages #256552
Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Marlborough, NZ)
Typical Marlborough Sauvignon at an affordable price. Very pale in colour with an intense bouquet of gooseberries and grapefruit. Medium-bodied, dry, rich and full on the palate with a satisfyingly long, crisp lemony finish. Food match: Caesar salad; goat’s cheese.
$17.95 • Vintages #606848
Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2012 (Niagara-on-the-Lake)
Organic and biodynamic. Dense purple-ruby colour; spicy blackberry and vanilla oak nose; medium-bodied, dry, blueberry and blackberry flavours with a creamy mid-palate feel; nicely balanced. Food match: roast beef; lamb chops.
$21.95 • Vintages #275958
Moris Farms Morellino di Scansano 2012 (Tuscany)
I’m a great fan of Morellino di Scansano, a Sangiovese from Maremma on the Tuscan coast which is lighter in body than Chianti Classico. This wine is ruby-coloured with a spicy cherry nose, medium-bodied, juicy, dry and elegant. Food match: antipasti; pasta.
$19.95 • Vintages #992560
Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Tuscany)
Unusual to find a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany but this one is a bargain. Dense purple in colour it has an earthy, black cherry nose with well extracted fruit (blackcurrant and cherry flavours) and a solid tannic finish. Food match: lamb chops; aged cheddar.
$17.95 • Vintages #203927
Collefrisio Zero Montepulcano d Abruzzo 2011 (Abruzzo, Italy)
Not to be confused with the Tuscan wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, this full-bodied, dense wine is purple in colour with a smoky, peppery nose of black fruits. The fruit is sweet and juicy but finishes firmly. Food match: pepper steak; marinated pork ribs.
$14.75 • Vintages #379040
Coltibuono Cancelli Rosso 2011 (Tuscany)
$15.95 • Vintages #920173
A flavourful Chianti at a bargain price. Ruby colour with a nose of cherries augmented with oak spice; medium-bodied, light and elegant raisiny-cherry flavour. Food match: grilled chicken.