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Professor B’s March 7 Vintages Release Recommendations

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After a few releases loaded with medium-priced wines, the Vintages management must have decided to increase the quality level of the wines offered.

In this 120 plus release, there were several kosher wines.

Several Chianti wines are included and some taste great, but too expensive for the level of quality.

There are a few sparkling wines.

The two Irish whiskies are excellent, but the most outstanding distillate is the Himbeergeist from A. Schladerer.

Spirits

12-Year Old Single Malt Irish Whisky
Knappogue Castle, Ireland
Triple distilled and aged in second use Bourbon barrels, this pale whiskey brims with citrus aromas. In the mouth it shows its depth and finishes smoothly.
90/100
223776, $ 62.95

Small Batch Irish Whisky, Teeling, Ireland
This family-owned and managed distillery has a long history of quality and consistency.
This whiskey is non-chill filtered and finished in second use Flor de Cana rum barrels from Nicaragua. Such barrels give the whiskey its reddish colour and sweetish tinge. A gentle, smooth, and very appealing whiskey.
92/100
375139, 700 ml. $ 54.95

Eau de vie

Himbeergeist, A. Schladerer, Black Forest, Germany
This small world famous distillery located int eh Black Forest region specializes in fruit eau de vie.
This raspberry distillate is perfect in tis fruit aromas, finesse, balance, elegance, and mouth feel.
94/100
58974, 375 ml. $ 36.95

Dessert wine

Moscatel de Setubal, 2012, Sivipa, Portugal
Portugal’s moscatel from the Setubal region close to the Atlantic Ocean is famous for its aromatic, sweet, beautifully balanced wines. This wine is an excellent example of the intensity, balance, citrus aromas and finish.
Enjoy with sweet desserts, or simply as an after dinner prandial.
92/100
246652, $ 15.95

Fortified wines

15 Year Old Oloroso Sherry, El Maestro, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
A generous well balanced sherry with typical “rancio” that connoisseurs appreciate. Enjoy with dried apricots, dates, apples, and pears.
89/100
330571, 375 ml. $ 13.95

LBV, 2009, Burmester, Douro Valley, Portugal
This port wine offers floral aromas, underlined with black fruits and vanilla. The midpalate is sweet, but balanced. Enjoy after an extended meal, or over conversation with like-minded friends.
88/100
400697, $ 24.95

Sparkling wine

Mosaique Brut, Jacquard, Champagne, France
Aromas of citrus fruits and ginger emanate from the glass. A refined and elegant wine with pleasant and refreshing acidity. Light and elegant.
90/100
66472, $ 47.95

White wines

Meursault, 20134, Ropiteau, Burgundy, France
Golden in colour. Seductively perfumed with fleshy apple/pear aromas. In the mouth, the flavours develop fully backed up with crisp acidity. Long aftertaste.
Cellar for three to four years for more elegance and refinement.
93/100
405159, $ 59.95

Tokaji Yellow Muscat, 2013, Puklus Pinceszet, Tokaji Hegyalja, Hungary
This region, world famous for its sweet wines, also produces dry fragrant wines on its volcanic soils floral aromas dominate the nose. In the mouth, lime, apple and peach flavours shine with vibrant acidity. An excellent wine to enjoy with white meat and thai specialties.
92/100
46508, $ 15.95

Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Villa Maria, New Zealand
A vibrant sauvignon blanc with Loire valley fruit aromas. Rich, dry, golden-hued, deeply flavoured, and surprisingly complex.
91/100
974527, $ 19.95

Also recommended

Wismer Vineyard Chardonnay, 2011, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula, Otnario
89+/100
345819, $ 44.95

Pinot Gris, 2013, Duck Pond Cellars, Oregon, U.S.A
89+/100
333286, $ 19.55

Chablis Premier Cru Montee De Tonerre, 2011, Jean Collet Et Fils, Chablis, Burgundy, France
90/100
405720, $ 34.95

Red wines

Athene, 2011, Burrowing Owl, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Brilliant, deep red colour, a blend of equal parts of cabernet sauvignon, and syrah, this flavorful wine with unctuous mouth feel is a towering red to enjoy with a medium rare grilled steak, or game stew, or roast rack of deer.
93/100
371336, $ 44.95

Tito, 2011, Zuccardi, La Consulta, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Brilliant deep garnet in colour. This vibrant wine bursts wit clean pure ripe berry flavours. It is full-bodied offering ripe tannins and smooth texture. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and ancelotta. Enjoy with deeply flavored foods.
92/100
402958, $ 34.95

Lena Di Mezzo Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Monte Del Fra, Veneto, Italy
Brilliant red leaning to black in colour. It bursts with dark cherry aromas. The wine has an unctuous mouth feel, impeccable balance, full body, with a long and satisfying aftertaste.
An incredibly complex wine to enjoy with hard chesses, or roast whole fillet of beef, sliced and accompanied by sauce bordelaise.
92/100
47506, $ 49.95

Also recommended

Vieille Vignes Beaujolais Village, 2013, Chateau D’emeringes, Proprietere Pierre David
89/100
405787, $ 14.95

Voyageur Pinot Noir, 2012, Keint-He, Prince Edward County, Ontario
89/100
373407, $ 18.00

Grand Malbec, 2009, Couvelier Los Andes, Argentina
90/100
368514, $ 61.95

Gran Reserva Syrah/Mourvedre, 2012, Emiliana Novas, Chile
89+/100
399360, $ 15.95

Gran Reserva Carmenere, 2012, Vina Tarapaca, Chile
91/100
57513, $ 17.95

Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, 2011, Penfold, Sauth Australia
90/100
422782, $ 34.95

[Ernande Vergelesses Creuz De La Net Premeir Cru, 2011, Bachelder, Burgundy
92/100
403485, $ 47.95

Pinot Noir, 2012, Palatinate, Germany
89/100
395954, $ 18.95

Le Sughere Di Frassinello, 2011, Rocca Di Frassinello, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
25700, $ 24.95

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