La Puerta Shiraz

2010 La Puerta Shiraz, $9.15. LCBO#614636.

I was first introduced to this bottle at my favourite Calgary restaurant, Aida’s Mediterranean Bistro, as it was the house wine for a long time. Perhaps it still is, I sadly have not been there for a few years. One of the downfalls of moving across the country, of course. I always enjoyed this wine, especially with Aida’s garlicky hummus and baba ghanoush, and other appetizer sized treats, but could never find it at the Kingston LCBO. Last month, as I was browsing the Argentina aisle, this very distinctive and memorable label jumped out at me. I was shocked to see that it fit my $10 price point, and immediately added a bottle to my basket.

We drank this wine with friends during a games night, and I have to say it went well on its own, and with some simple veggies and dip and chips. Sadly the spread was nothing like Aida’s delights, but the wine is versatile. Medium to full-bodied, deep plum in colour, with a bit of cellar-like funk on the nose that quickly dissipates. It has ripe berry flavours, but also some depth and peppery spice, with a pleasingly dry finish. I am happy to add this bottle to my $10 list.

Overall, I give this bottle 8.5/10 for taste and 4.5/5 for value. And bonus points for a fun, graphic label.

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