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Professor B’s August 8 Vintages Release Recommendations

Vintages Release Recommendations
Vintages Release Recommendations

By Vintages standards, this small mid-summer release offers many wines priced between $ 15.00 – 20.00, the popular price tier presently.
This release features northwest North America’s wines i.e Oregon, Washington States, and British Columbia in Canada. Many are perfectly suitable to pair with food and enjoy on their own. All are prices attractively, but meant to be consumes within a year or two.

Fortified wine

B. Rodriguez La Cave Barbiana Manzanilla Sherry, Delgado Zuleta, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
From Jerez de la Frontera’s most close to the Mediterranean Sea, this “salty” dry intense cherry offers subtle “saline” flavours. It has a long aftertaste, and relatively low alcohol (15 per cent ABV). Suitable for seafood appetizers, and deep fried calamari.
88/100
$ 19.95

Sparkling wines

Reserve brut rose champagne, Charles Heidsieck, champagne, France
Toasty aromas. Fruity and brioche flavoured very appealing, balanced, and very intriguing mouth feel.
92/100
$ 84.95

Marca oro valdobbiadene prosecco superioire, Valdo, Veneto
Aromas of peaches and berries abound. Refreshing mouth feel with near-dry finish.
88/100
$ 15.95

White wines

Say yes pinot gris, 2013, dirty laundry vineyards, British Columbia, Canada
Offers pear, honey, citrus and peach aromas. Off dry with enough acidity to offset cloyness. Vibrant. A patio sipping wine.
88+/100
$ 19.95

First press chardonnay, 2013, delicate family vineyards, Napa valley, California
A crowd-pleasing California-style chardonnay. Rich, high in alcohol ( 13.5 per cent abv) with a creamy texture. Toasty finish.
90/100
$ 19.95

Sauvignon tourraine, domaine jacky Marteau, Loire valley, France
Crisp, bracing wine that offers grass and citrus notes with underlying acidity to pair with creamy goat cheese quiche. An excellent deep fried seafood wine.
90/100
$ 13.95

Calcaire chardonnay, 2012, clos du bois, Russian river valley, Sonoma county, California
Dark yellow colour. Aromas of pineapple, citrus and oak burst out of the glass. Juicy and well balanced with a long and invigorating finish.
89+/100
$ 29.95

Also recommended

Chateau Martineau blanc, entre-deux-mers, Bordeaux, France
88/100
$ 14.95

Macon villages, 2013, Joseph Drouhin, burgundy, France
88+/100
$ 19.95

Sancerre, 2013, Domaine des cotes Blanches, Loire valley, France
88+/100
$ 24.95

Red wines

The tragically hip fully completely grand reserve red, 2012, Stoney ridge estate winery, Niagara peninsula, Ontario
Crimson in colour. A Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Aromas of strawberries, red currants and plums waft out of the glass. Still tannic. Cellar for four to seven years for smoothness and refinement. Well-
Extracted and deeply flavoured.
90+/100
$ 24.95

Pinot noir, 2012, Domaine Drouin, Dundee hills, Oregon, u,s.a
Brilliant red. The estate was purchase by Joseph Drouhin, a world-famous burgundy shipper, and now managed by his daughter who also acts as the winemaker, has been producing rich, elegant burgundian-style pinot noirs. Raspberry and cherry aromas dominate the nose, underlined by herbal notes. In the mouth, the wine shows finesse by caressing the tongue and finishes with an elegant and long impression.
92/100
No price provided

Chateauneuf-du-pape, 2012, clos de Brusqueness, Rhone valley, France
Crimson in colour. Berry and floral aromas dominate the nose. In the mouth, the wine displays cherry and dark chocolate flavours. Full-bodied, well extracted and superbly balanced. Could be cellared for four to six years for more refinement.
92/100
$ 47.95

Also recommended

Ben Marco cabernet sauvignon, 2013, Dominio del Plata, Mendoza, Argentina
90/100
$ 13.95

Vignes de 1939 Chenas, 2013, Pascal Aufranc, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
88/100

$ 17.95
Chateau Pleasance, 2009, Bordeaux.
88+/100
$ 19.95

Collection bio Cotes du Rhone, 2013, M. Chapoutier, Rhone valley, France
90+/100
$ 19.95

Barbaresco, Prunotto, 2012,
89+/100
$ 47.95

Chianti Classico Riserva Agostino Petri 2010, Vicchiomaggio, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
$ 29.95

Reserva, 2009, Cosme Palacio, Rioja. Spain
91/100
$ 22.95

Old vines garnacha, 2013, Espelet Viticoltors, Emporda, Spain
89/100
$ 14.95

Rose wines

Sketches of Niagara rose, 2014, Tawse winery, Niagara peninsula, Ontario, Canada
The base of this rose is cabernet franc displaying red pepper, apple, raspberry and strawberry
Aromas. Off dry but well balanced. Enjoy with lightly grilled or stewed meats or cheeses.
90/100
$ 15.95

Tavel rose, 2014, Domaine de Carteresses, Rhone valley, France
Garrigue aromas burst out of the glass. Rich texure, and minerality make this wine eminently enjoyable with all types of food.
86/100
$ 17.95

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