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nins. It is drinkable now but will hold for a couple more years. Try it with
BBQ steak or ribs, meaty casseroles or charcuterie. You can get it at the winery,
online or at BC VQA and other private wine stores including Everything
Wine, JAK’s and Save-On-Foods.
MASCOTA VINEYARDS UNÁNIME GRAN VINO TINTO 2015
Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina #915108 $28.99
A Left Bank–style blend of sixty per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, twenty-five
per cent Malbec and fifteen per cent Cabernet Franc, this is a big wine.
“Unánime” is Latin for sharing opinions or views and being in harmony. The
wine was aged in French oak for 20 months. It has a deep purplish-black
colour and looks and tastes young still. It will age for several more years yet,
though it drinks well now due to the soft tannins. The full nose displays
black cherry pie with notes of dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar, and a whiff
of vanilla. The large palate has rich plum, black currant, cherry, some black
pepper and a long, full finish. James Suckling rated it at 94. I suggest serving
it with beef ribs, or pasta with a meaty tomato sauce or roast chicken.
JOURNEY’S END PASTOR’S BLEND 2018
Stellenbosch, South Africa #136890 $19.99
Another Left Bank–style blend, this one is principally Cabernet Sauvignon
(sixty per cent) followed by Merlot (twenty-nine per cent) and Cabernet
Franc (eleven per cent). The winery says the varieties were fermented separately
in stainless steel after a 72-hour cold soak, left on the skins for a
week and then placed in oak for 14 months before being blended together.
Still very young, its aromas are of red currant, raspberry and red cherry,
with notes of sweet dried tobacco and herbs and a bit of toasty oak. The
flavours on its full but still tannic palate are the same, mixed with plums,
black currant and vanilla and Black Forest cake on its medium-long finish.
It will hold well for a couple of years or go now with rich food dishes like
slow-cooked lamb shank or beef ribs. It needs something rich to match its
own richness. The wine is named after a local pastor who preaches weekly
in the vineyard. South African wine producers are suffering especially hard
from the pandemic, as their government has banned all sale of alcohol at
home. This is a good reason for those of us in the rest of the world to step
up and buy, so as to keep them going.
THREE SISTERS BENCH RED 2018
Okanagan Valley #62901 $20.00 (approx.)
More a Right Bank style, this one from a Penticton winery between Upper
Bench Road and Lower Bench Road is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot.