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Professor B’s February 6 Vintages Release Recommendations

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Wine tasting

This fairly large release of mote than 100 wines features southern France and South Africa.

Southern France contains several AOC wines from Minervois, Fitou, Roussillon, Corbiere just to name a few. The region’s vineyards cover more land than all of Australia’s combined.

Southern France excels in red wines due mainly to its terroir and prices are much lower than those of the more famous regions of the country. In short, they represent good value.

South Africa’s wine industry produces some inexpensive entry-level wines, but also very high quality ones, at reasonable prices.

My recommendations are:

Spirit

Glenfarclas 15-Year-Old Highland Single Malt, J and G Grant
Scotland
Sweet dried fruit aromas dominate the nose of this very elegant and mellow whisky. The alcohol content (46 per cent ABV) does not impart a burning sensation that is experiences by inexpensive brands.
91/100
700 ml. $ 114.95

Fortified wines

Vintage Port 2011, Maynard’s Barao de Vilar Douro Valley, Portugal
Dark, brilliant red. Aromas of ripe dark blackberries and brambleberries . Solid structure with firm tannins. Cellar for five to eight years and enjoy on its own after a gourmet m,eal.
90/200
$ 45.95

Escuadrilla Rare Amontillado Sherry, Lustau, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Lustau is a sherry broker that selects artisanal sherries produced by individuals with access to outstanding quality fruit and excel in wine making knowledge.
Orange peel, almond, toasted filbert notes open up the wine. An elegant and refined sherry to enjoy on its own.
90/100
375 ml., $ 19.95

Sparkling wines

Brut Champagne, 2008, Taittinger, Champagne, France
Typical, light, elegant, refined champagne from a famous winery. In
the mouth chalky flavours appear along with citrus, peach and white flowers. ready to enjoy as an aperitif or with light whtie-fleshed fish.
91/100
$ 97.95

Blanc de Noirs, Gruet, New Mexico, USA
A fine sparkling wien prdoced by mehtode Chapenoiseby a little known winery in new exico.
Light, elegant, with vigoruous perlage.
91/100
$ 28.95

Brut Rose Cremant d’Alsace, Pierre Sparr, Alsace, France
Produces by elaborate methode Champenoise using pinot noir grapes. An elegant, fruity, wien to enjoy any time any where, with anone who aprpciates fine sparkling wine at a reasonable cost.
89+/100
$ 18.95

Dessert wine

Cabernet Franc Icewine, 2013, Lakeview Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Cabernet Franc grows well in Ontario. This cabernet franc offers berry aromas, balanced acidity and excellent depth along with luscious flavour.
90/100
200 ml., $ 29.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2012, Chateau St Jean, Sonoma Coast, California,U S A
Dark brilaint yellow. Tropcial fruit and pineappel aroams dominate the nose. Good mienrality, balance, flavour and long aftertaste.
91/100
$ 29.95

Chablis, 2014, H. Azo, Chablis, France
Pale yellow. Sourced from 30 year old vines and from a protected east-facing vineyard. Tastes fresh, exudes floral and citrus aromas. Good minerality, and logn afetrtaste.
90/100
$ 24.95

Chardonnay, 2013, Planeta, Sicily, Italy
Sicily is better known for its red wines. Planeta is a modern, quality oriented winery maintaining high-altitude vineyards for its chardonnay wines.
Full bodied, well extracted flavourful and well balanced.
90+/100
$ 44.95

Also recommended

The August 1888 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Giesen, Marlborough, New Zealand
89/100
$ 35.95

Chateau Saint Genes, 2013, Famille Courselle, Bordeaux, France
88+/100
$ 16.95

Vieilles Vignes Les Vaillons Chablis Premier Cru, 2012, Domaine Laroche, Chablis France
90/100
$ 36.95

Red wines

Brunello di Montalcino, 2010, San Giacomo, Tuscany, Italy
Brilliant red. Aromas of dried mushrooms and orange peel waft out of the glass. Full bodied, well balanced, layered with a good dtructure. An elegeant and refiend wien ready to enjoy.
92/100
$ 49.95

Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvingon, 2013, La Jotta, California
A blend of cabernet sauvingon ( 77 per cent), cabernet franc, petit verdot, and merlot aged in french oak. Dense purple. Notes of cassis, tar, and mullberries dominate the nose. intense, full bodeid, well
structured and superbly balanced.
Cellar for three to four years.
91+/100
$ 94.95

Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Paul Hobbs, California
Dark brilliant red. Aromas of plums, spices and smoke greet the nose.
Delicious. Full bodied, well extarcted, balanced with a long and satisfying aftertaste.
90/100
$ 49.95

Also recommended

Merlot, 2012, Burrowign Owl, Okanagan valley, British Columbia, canada
90/100
$ 39.95

H3 Les Chevaux red Blend, 2012, Columbia Crest, Horse heaven Hills, Washington, U S A
91/100
$ 19.95

Classique, 2012, Rupert and Rothschild, Western Cape, Sotuh Africa
91/100
$ 22.95

Segla, 2006, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
91/100
$ 55.95

Minervois, 2013, Hecht et Bannier, Minervois, France
89+/100
$ 19.95

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2012, Chateau La Nerthe, Rhone Valley, France
90/100
$ 49.95

Aglianico del Vulture, 2013, Pipoli, Basilicata, Italy
89/100
$ 15.95

Clemente VII Chianti Classico Riserva, 2010, Castelli del Grevapesa, Tuscany, Italy
90/100
$ 20.95

Il Morino Superiore Toscanino, Sangiovese/Merlot, 2013, Vignamaggio, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
$ 17.95

Roble, 2013, Dominio Basconcillos, Ribera el Duero, Spain
92/100
No price provided

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