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Professor B’s December 12 Vintages Release Recommendations

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The last release of the 2015 is very large, and weighted heavily with red wines, most of which originate in California. This state’s red wines enjoy high popularity with Ontario consumers, and Vintages buyers have made special efforts to ascertain a representative selection.

While some of these wines represent good value, many seem to be overpriced.

For whatever reason, there are many red wines from Lodi in California’s Central Valley, which is hot and generally produces low-acid, somewhat flat wines. Italian wines, especially from Tuscany, represent a good selection at reasonable prices. Overall, the last release of the year is at best of average quality, not withstanding a few fine wines.

Spirits

The Balvenie Portwood 21-Year-Old Single Malt,
D.C. Stewart, Scotland
Aromas of dried fruits and honey greet the nose. In teh mouth, spicy flavours along with earthy undertones become dominant. A luxurious Speyside Scotch to sip with a dollop of water to unlock its flavours.
89/10
$ 349.95

Also recommended

Po Di Poli Morbida Moscato Grappa, Distilleria Poli, Veneto, Italy
86/100
700 ml., $ 66.95

Fortified wine

10-Year-Old-Tawny-Port, Burmester, Douro Valley, Portugal
Brilliant tawny colour. Very appealing aromas of figs, raspberry jam, leather. A full bodied sweet, balanced, velvety smooth wine with a nutty finish.
92/100
$ 28.95

Sparkling wines

Homage Francois Hemart Ax Grand cru Champagne, Henri Giraud, Champagne, France
Pale straw colour. Emanates quince, candied ginger, and brioche aromas. In the mouth, a refined and elegant sparkling wine with mousse emerges.
An excellent wine to sip as an aperitif.
92/100
$ 79.95

Brut Rose Champagne, Benoit et Melanie Tarlant, Champagne, farce
A family owned, independent producer, Tarlant is famous for its bone-dry champagnes. This elegant sparkler smells of strawberries and offers tight acidity. Light and elegant. Very fine mousse.
92/100
$ 62.95

Also recommended

Cuvee Brut Rose Champagne, Laurent-Perrier, Champagne, France
89+/100
$ 99.95

Brut Premier Champagne, Louis Roederer, Champagne, France
89+/100
$ 69.95

Sonoma Brut, Gloria Ferrer, Sonoma County, California
89/100
$ 33.95

Perle d`Ìvoire Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Bourgogne, Louis Bouillot, Burgundy, France
88+/100
$ 19.95

White wines

Fume Blanc Rosomel Vineyard, 2013, Hidden Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Brilliant yellow. Toasty, herbal, citrus, and ripe fruit aromas make this wine an excellent candidate for roasted poultry accompanied by sautéed butternut squash accented with thyme.
89+/100
$ 27.95

Beauroy Chablis Premier Cru, 2012, Domaine Hamlin, Chablis, Burgundy, France
Expect crisp appeal and pear aromas and flavours. Fine acidity in the mouth and minerality makes this wine an excellent candidate for freshly shucked oysters, or sautéed chicken breast in a creamy red and green pepper sauce.
90+/100
$ 33.95

Also recommended

Grand reserve Chardonnay, 2013, Kendall Jackson, Sonoma County, California
90/100
$ 29.95

Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay, 2012, La Follette, Sonoma County, California
89+/100
$ 57.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Cooper`s Creek, Marlborough, New Zealand,
88+/100
$ 19.95

Pouilly Fuisse, 2013, Domaine de Chalet Pouilly, Burgundy, France
90/100
$ 34.95

Grande Reserve Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, 2014, Domaine Salmon, Loire Valley, France
90/100
$ 16.95

Les Chailloux Silex Pouilly Fume, 2014, Domaine Chatelaine, Loire Valley, France
89+/100
$ 21.95

Dessert wine

Tokaji Aszu Five Puttonyos, 2008, Chateau Dereszla, Tokai Hegyalya, Hungary
92/100
500 ml., $ 45.95

Red wines

Chateau La Croix Casse, 2010, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Dark brilliant red. Aromas of plums, strawberries, and blueberries waft out oft the glass. In the mouth, this full bodied velvety smooth wine tastes `juicy`, and tastes of chocolate and cedar.
Long and very appealing aftertaste. Cellar for one or two years.
92/100
$ 59.95

Monasterio De Las Vinas Gran Reserva, 2005, San Jose de Aguaron, Carinena, Spain
This impressive wine is a blend of garnacha, tempranillo, and carinena that was barrel aged for two years, and three years in the bottle.
Opaque purple in colour. Intense with layers of ripe stone fruit flavours. Full bodied, well balanced, and eminently enjoyable now with appropriate foods. Cellar for one to two years and enjoy on its own, or with semi hard cheeses.
92/100
$ 16.95

Tres Picos Granacha, 2013, Borsao, Campo de Borja, Spain
This 100 per cent garnacha wine comes from old vineyards that yield less than five tones of grapes per hectare. Dense ruby/purple tinged colour. Richly fruity, full-bodied, deeply flavoured. Aged in old French oak barrels. The wine displays complexity, with a long aftertaste. It deserves the attention of wine lovers everywhere. An excellent value.
92/100

Also recommended

Barbarseco, 2010, Punset, Piedmont, Italy
90/100
$ 55.95

Chianti Classico Riserva, 2009, Canonica a Cerreto, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
$ 19.95

Merlot Napa Cellars, Napa Valley, California
90/100
$ 24.95

Angel Pelucci Vineyard Malbec, 2014, La Posta, Mendoza, Argentina
90+/100
$ 15.95

D’Arry`s Original Shiraz/Grenache, 2012, D’Arenberg, South Australia
90+/100
$ 19.95

White Label Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Pirramimma, McLaren Vale, South Australia
90/100
$ 23.95

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