Consignment Wines

**** drink now
Humberto Canale Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Patagonia, Argentina $11.99
There are oodles of tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavours in this friendly quaffer. It’s light to medium bodied and bathes the palate with pineapple, gooseberry and ripe mouth-watering citrus flavours that hang around nicely on the lengthy finish. It has enough acidity to handle a pairing with pan-seared freshwater fish and various other seafood dishes. Order this by the case of 12 for daily home or office delivery from Lifford Wine Agency. (VH)

****1/2 drink or cellar
Bodega Los Cerrillos ‘El Peral Reserva’ 2006
Tupungato, Mendoza $14.95
This red blend—an even split between Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon—punches so far above its price it’s not to be passed over. It’s chockfull of expressive aromas—anise, dark berry fruit and black licorice—plus lip-smacking flavours of rich juicy black jammy fruit. This crowd pleaser is medium bodied, generously textured and sports a long fruity finish. Find this wine and others from Argentina at the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club site, where private orders by the case of 6 (for some wines) or 12 are available. (VH)

****1/2 drink or cellar
Tempus Alba ‘Tempus’ Tempranillo 2006
Tupungato, Mendoza $18.40
Hand-picked fruit from fifty-year old vines provide the structure and depth for this gorgeous effort. It’s warm, sweet (14% alcohol) and flavourful with ripe black currant and cassis to the fore. Full bodied with firm ripe tannin and a silky texture, this delivers a lengthy finish with hints of mocha that’s well balanced and fully flavoured. Pair with a medium-rare grilled strip loin. Find this wine and others from Argentina at the Woodside Wine Appreciation Club site, where private orders by the case of 6 (for some wines) or 12 are available. (VH)