Did you miss the September 1st release of the Castello Banfi 2010 Centine, I sure did, but I’m glad I got a chance to taste it now. I was at a Banfi tasting seminar earlier this week and amongst the 40 and 60-plus dollar bottles of wine was this gem that seems to have snuck into Vintages almost unnoticed. Banfi is a winery that has been around for centuries so they have earned their stripes to release high priced wines, but the fact that they’re also releasing great value wines for the rest of us is also a bonus. The 2010 Centine is a blend of Sangiovese (60%) – a grape native to Italy – and 20% each of the international grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. For those that done dig on too much oak in your wines you’ll love this one, for those that like nuanced complexity in their wines you’ll love it too, and if you’re just a plain old drinker of wine, you’ll also find something to enjoy here. The wine was aged in barrel for about six-months so there isn’t too much of that woodiness here, what you do end up with is a wine that is loaded with licorice, cassis, raspberry and dark berries: a real mouth-pleaser (and for those that like to sniff it has something for you too – a real allure to the olfactories). The 2010 Centine has a very rustic Italian quality to it, yet also seems to have modern flair. I was very impressed, and hopefully you will be too. It’s in Vintages now so be sure to grab some before it’s all gone. For those looking to cellar this is a great candidate to lie down for the next 5-6 years. Banfi 2010 Centine Toscana (Red) – $15.95 (#947440). Rating: 4-stars – very good.
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Jul / Aug 2014
A behind the scenes look at our May/June 2014 issue accessories photo shoot for Originals by Andrea
In protest of the cold snap taking over the Capital currently, at OLM we’ve decided to live in an illusion, helped by the magical voice of Toronto-based synth-pop songstress Lyon. Check out her video for Indian Summer, a perfect song for locking yourself indoors and hiding from the cold.
Unique is an understatement. Alysha Brilla is a Tanazanian-Canadian multitalented artist who is an impressive 2014 Juno nominee. Prepare to be blown away by her unbelievable sound from her popular hit: