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Professor B’s March 21 Vintages Release Recommendations

Vintages Release Recommendations
Vintages Release Recommendations

Vintages management decided to include a mini-release of wines of wines of the Pacific Ocean states in this release.

It also includes several Bordeaux chateaux, including a Pontet Canet, classified fifth growth in the 1855 Bordeaux classification.

There are so many outlasting 90+ rated red wines from California, Oregon, and Washington State, that I feel compelled to write another article.

Eau-de-vie

Vieux Calvados, G.E. Massenez, France
Aromas of hard cider and baked apple waft out of the glass. On the palate, mellow but persistent ripe apple flavours make this an excellent coup-de-milieu as it is customary in Normandy, while enjoying an extended meal.
92/100
271726, $ 72.95

Dessert wines

Muscat Of Samos, Kourtaki, Samos Island, Greece
The Samos Island is famous for its sweet, but balanced muscat wines. This is no exception, with its ripe peach, fig, and dried apricot aromas. Enjoy with ripe fruit desserts, or better yet, with local fresh strawberries marinated in raspberry eau-de-vie.
90+/100
938407, $ 15.95

Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, 2012, Domaine du Paparotier, Rhone valley, France
Savour this delightfully fragrant sweet wine after a good meal, sip by sip, and contemplate.
90/100
400713, 375 ml $ 17.95

Fortified wine

Fino, El Maestro, Xeres de la Frontera, Spain
Floral witrh hitns of pepper ont eh nose, this delicate fino deserves to be enjoyed as a pre-prandial.
89/100
4022719, 375 ml., $ 11.95

Champagne

Royal reserve Brut, Philipponnat, Champagne, France
Light, crisp, and mouth-watering champagne, smelling of pear and minerals.
91/100
995720, $ 59.95

White wines

McCrea Vineyard Chardonnay, 2012, Kistler, Sonoma Mountain, California, U.S.A.
Golden colour. Typical ripe pear/apple aromas, and high alcohol content wine. In the mouth, the wine is balanced, offering layers of flavours, Cellar for four to six years for more refinement.
90/100
353706, $ 103.95

Gran Reserva Chardonnay, 2012, Santa Carolina, Casablanca Valley, Chile
An outstanding value for an excellent chardonnay. Golden colour, Aromas of apples underlined with grapefruit jump out of the glass. Vibrant acidity. Long finish.
92/100
928580, $ 15.95

Erdener Treppchen Kabinett, Riseling, 2010, Dr. Hartmann, Mosel Germany
Pale yellow, with greenish tinges. Aromas of ripe peaches. Mineral laced palate. Light eminently enjoyable on its own, or with ripe seasonal fruits.
89/100
402420, $ 17.95

Also recommended

Mitsuko’s Vineyards Chardonnay, 2012, Clos Pegase, Carneros, Napa Valley, California
88+/100
986737, $ 29.95

Pinto Grigio, 2013, Nals Margreid, Alto Adige, Italy
88+/100
290924, $ 16.95

Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling, 2013, Flat Rock Cellars, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
88/100
578625, $ 19.95

Wairau Sauvignon Blanc, 20134, St. Clair, Marlborough, New Zealand
89/100
415653, $ 35.95

Riesling, 2012, Trimbach, Alsace, France
89/100
734157, $ 21.95

Red wines

Barranc dels Closos, 2012, Igneus, Priorat, Spain
Crimson colour. This garnacha (Grenache) based wine smells of ripe black cherries, black currants, vanilla and chocolate. On the palate, the intensity of the wine takes over. Full bodied and well structured, with and outstanding finish.
91/100
166660, $ 22.95

Chateau Pontet Canet, 2011, Alfred Tesseron et Heritiers G Tesseron, Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Dense purple colour. Aromas of crème de cassis greet the nose. Beautifully balanced, full bodied, well extracted, layered with a superb aftertaste. Ready to enjoy, but will evolve over the next decade.
92/100
297739, No price indicated

Shiraz, 2012, Schild Estates, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Purple colour. Intense berry aromas underlined with vanilla. Flavours of cassis and blueberry in the mouth along with ripe tannins give this powerful wine structure. An outstanding wine.
92/100
66555, $ 24.95

Also recommended
Tinto Reserva Pesquera, 2010, Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez, Ribera del Duero, Spain
90+/100
323345, $ 44.95

Chateau Malescot St. Exupery, 2011, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
91/100
298901, No price

Tenuta di Castiglioni, 2011, Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Tuscany, Italy
89+/100
145920, $ 21.95

Secret de Famille, 2012, Paul Jaboulet Aine, Rhone Valley, France
89/100
400333, $ 16.95

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  1. The Shiraz, 2012, Schild Estates is excellent. The vanilla is just the right amount, very subtle.

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