Astica Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

Light straw, greenish color. Clean on the nose with
a touch of mixed citrus fruit. Crispy, fruity and
refreshing in the mouth. The acidity of the
Sauvignon is balanced by the fullness and length
of the Semillón.
A great value wine that was well received
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste lemon, mineral, floral
Smell citrus, floral, tropical fruit
Food apertif, fish
Sweetness off dry
Price $7.95
LCBO# 359083

Fuzion Shiraz Malbec 2008

Not too distinctive but very Argentine, this blend of shiraz and malbec makes a fine wine to drink with anything bbq’d.
The malbec seems as if it’s muting some of the shiraz’s best qualities and thus giving this vintage a slightly unsophisticated palate; however, for the asking price I can look the other way.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste plum, prune, violet
Smell prune, black cherry, earth
Food barbecue
Sweetness dry
Price $7.45
LCBO# 83188

Misterio Malbec 2007

The destination (Argentina) was right, but this wine wasn’t really what I was expecting. The heavy violet aroma and tastes were overkill and not very characteristic, they also tell us the grapes could have used more time to ripen.
The plum and oak notes were nice but the bitter floral finish put me off.
Tip: tulip glass, slightly chilled
At a Glance
Taste violet (bitter floral), black plum, oak
Smell violet, black plum, oak
Food bbq red meat
Sweetness extra dry
Price $9.90
LCBO# 28803

Pasion 4 Merlot 2006

I will admit that I often check out the back of the bottle to get a sense of whats in the bottle. While you don’t want to take too much of what the marketing department said to heart, you can usually get some insight. If you want a fiction story go to a library and borrow a book.
While the back of this bottle certainly had great expectations it did fall a little short (and thin). The wine was good and non-offensive but a little something was missing in the middle giving it that thin mouth feel. But still got a high value marks.
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste raspberry, plum, chocolate
Smell rhubarb pie, raspberry, vanilla
Food grilled meat and roast veg
Sweetness dry
Price $11.95
LCBO# 59287
Pasion 4 Merlot 2006