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Professor B’s September 27 Vintages Release Recommendations

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Once again Vintages team has managed to put together a well over 100 wines for this release, mainly featuring California, second and third tier Bordeaux chateaux, some fine Italian reds , and some from other regions.

Spirits

Gold Edition Single barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Blanton Distillery, Kentucky, U.S.A
Fruity, and spicy due to its rye component. Smooth, rich and highly nuanced on the plate.
88/100
595603, No price quoted

Macrie Moor Single Malt Scotch, Isle Of Arran, Scotland
Peat, spicy malt, and lemon smells greet the nose. The mouth feel is smooth and offers citrus flavours. A truly well crafted Scotch.
91/100
254920, 700 ml. $ 84.95

Sparkling wine

Brut premiere Champagne Godet
A fine champagne emanating cherry, brioche and citrus aromas. Lively and refreshing in the mouth with a fine finish.
88/100
385104 No price provided

White wines

Les Noisetiers Chardonnay, 2012, Kistler, Sonoma County, California, U.S.A
88/100
210039, $ 44.95

Chardonnay, 2012, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand
Citrus fruit aromas and flavours dominate in this dry, well-balanced, vivid and elegant wine.
92/100
359513, $ 31.95

Vau De Vay Chablis, Premiere Cru, 2012, Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis, burgundy, France
Herbal; flavours and subtle minerality on the palate, render this dry wine excellent for white-fleshes fish in cream sauce.
89+/100
159012, $ 29.95

Dhroner Hofberger Riesling Auslese, 2011, Bollig-Lehnert, Mosel, Germany
Apricot, peach and nectarine aromas waft out of the glass, honeyed texture. A very well made sweet but balanced wine to enjoy on its own, or with ripe seasonal fruits, or with fruit patisserie.
90+/100
379016, No price provided

Also recommended

Chardonnay, 2012, Burrowing owl, British Columbia, Canada
88/100
208694, No price provided

October Night Chardonnay, 2012, J. Lohr, arroyo Secco, California, U.S.A
88/100
225375, $ 28.95

Montebertotto Arneis, 2012, Castello Di Neve, Piedmont, Italy
88/100
378018, $18.95

Red wines

One Pinot Five Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Shafer, Napa Valley, California, U.S.A
Inky purple in colour, this 95 per cent cabernet sauvignon, and 5 per cent petite verdot blend offers cassis and mulberry aromas. The wine is “juicy” with a fine texture and intensity.
92/100
45476, $ 93.95

Mormoreto, 2010, Marchesi Frescobaldi, Castello di Nipozzano, Tuscany, Italy
A massive wine from Frescobaldi’s Nipozzano estate just outside of Florence. The wine is composed of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petite verdot. Dark red, and brilliant. Well extracted, superbly balanced, powerful, to be enjoyed with flavourful foods.
It can be cellared for eight to ten years for more refinement.
92/100
951210, $ 63.95

Veraton, 2011, Alto Moncayo, Campo de Borja, Spain
A full-bodied, fruity (blackberries and cherry), intense, well extracted, richly textured, high alcohol wine. Although high in alcohol (15.5 ABV), there is enough extract to mask the alcohol smell.
91/100
173211, $ 29.95

Also recommended

Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Charles Smith Wines, Columbia Valley, Washington State, U.S.A
91/100
No price

Pinot Noir, 2012, Holm Oak, Tasmania, Australia
91/100
376863, $ 28.95

Pinto Noir, 2012, Hamilton Russel, Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa
90/100
999516 No price

Chateau D’Aiquilhe, 2010, Castillon, Bordeaux, France
90/100
257600, No price

Chateau St George, 2010, St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
90/100
960310, $ 39.95

Chianti Classico Riserva, 2010, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
89+/100
512384, No price

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Faust, Napa valley, California, U.S.A
92/100
238261, $ 59.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California, U.S.A
91/100
135145 No price

Old Vines Zinfandel, 2011, Seghesio, Sonoma County, California, U.S.A
92/100
56879, $ 49.95

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