A Fine Ontario Wine
This week’s featured wine comes from our own backyard. Alvento Winery was established in 2001 on the Niagara Peninsula by Tuscan winemaker Bruno Moos, his wife Elyane, and wine collector Morrie Neiss. The 2006 vintage was their first ‘serious’ vintage and this week’s Wednesday Wine of the Week is the product of that very year. Alvento has a strong committment to making only high quality wines or they will not bottle the vintage.
The grapes for all Alvento wines are worked on by hand in the vineyard, are hand-harvested and hand-sorted to ensure only the highest quality grapes go into making the wines. The 2006 Sondra is made from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc and was aged for 20 months in 70% new Burgundy barrels.
The age of this wine is starting to show as the colour is changing to garnet with slight bricking on the rim. Maturing well, there are aromas of dried black cherry, dark raspberry, leather, animal, mushroom, and nutmeg. On the palate, this wine is lean in style with medium weight, dusty tannins, and lots of character. This wine would be a great choice for people who like more mature wines, and are looking for an alternative to the big fruit bombs. It’s drinking wonderfully now, but I would love to try it again in about a year to see how it has evolved further. And, at just $16.95 at the LCBO, it’s a very good value (unfortunately there are only a few stores that have any left). Serve with boeuf bourguignon, steak and mushroom pie, or roasted lamb.