Margaret Swaine’s Wine Picks: Vintages treasures

Last Saturday’s Vintage release had so many treasures. These are three more I feel are irresistible. Find them via WineAlign.com/MargaretsPicks.

Asolo Extra Dry Prosecco 2010
LCBO No. 262881; $16.95
It’s easy to be charmed by good Prosecco. There’s even more reason to love this one, the first offering from Canadian restaurateur Franco Prevedello. Lively with some florals, fresh citrus and white peach flavours, it’s well made with good length and finer fizz than the average.

Burrowing Owl Syrah 2008
LCBO No. 73072; $41.95
Burrowing Owl in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley continues to produce stunning full-bodied reds, such as this one from syrah grapes. Velvety textured with dark chocolate, spiced black berry and kirsch tastes, it’s like a liquid Black Forest cake without the heavy sweetness. Big alcohol (15%) with a year of barrel aging, it will cellar for several years or have it tonight with pepper steak.

Chateau Seguin 2008
LCBO No. 245837; $47.95
Good red Bordeaux is always a classy accompaniment to a fine meal. The trick is finding quality without high prices. This flavoursome blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon with merlot from Pessac-Léognan hits the right notes with elegance and structure. From a sleeper vintage, it’s medium-full bodied with classic flavours of underbrush, minerals, blackberry and cassis. Still firm on the palate, it will age well.


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