Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s 12 May Vintages Release Recommendations

Vintages Release
Vintages Release

Beer is made by man, wine by God.
Martin Luther

This release features Bordeaux and New Zealand, and celebrates rosé wines.

Bordeaux is the largest quality-producing region In the world. It has more than 9000 châteaux and it renowned for its red- and dessert wines. Dry white quality has been improving constantly and now approaches high quality.

Chateau literally means castle, in Bordeaux it also means a wine farm. While some chateaux are imposing buildings surrounded by the vineyard, many are nothing more than wineries with homes attached to them.

In this release, some of the Bordeaux wines taste fine, but the highest level of quality will be featured in L C B O’s futures Bordeaux offerings in the classics catalogue.
New Zealand wines feature along with sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and some blends.
There are many rose wines, but only few are worth the price. I am confident every release throughout the summer months will contain a few.

Here are my recommendations:

Spirits

Quebranta Pisco, La Cravedo Distilleria, Peru
Unique to Peru, pisco is a distillate from indigenous grape varieties.
This pisco emanates kiwi fruit aromas, has a silken mouth feel with peach and mango flavours. Clean finish. Enjoy after a meal, or in cocktails i.e pisco sour
88+/100
$ 41.95

Also recommended

Uigedail Islay Single Malt, Ardbeg, Scotland
91/100
$ 175.95

Fortified wines

La Guita, Manzanilla, Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin, Jerez de la Fronetera, spain
Manzanilla sherries are always dry with a slightly salty flavour. They can be enjoyed as aperitifs with tapas, or fish or chicken dishes.
This interpretation possesses gooseberry flavours, is balanced, with a pleasant finish.
89/100
$ 15.95

L B V (Late Bottled Port), 2011, Fonseca, Douro Valley, Portugal
Fonseca’s 2011 L BV is unfiltered with 11 per cent residual sugar and was bottled in 2016.
An intense fresh-tasting port that is well extracted and finishes well.
90+/100
$ 18.95

Sparkling wines

Brut Reserva Cava, 2014, Parxet, Villa Nova de Gaia, Spain
Well-made with aromas of melon exuding from the glass, citric flavours develop in the mouth. Crisp finish. An excellent aperitif, or with light finger foods containing seafood.
88+/100
$ 19.95

Also recommended

Cuddy By Tawse Sparkling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
86+/100
$ 24.95

White wines

Wild Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Greywacke, Marlborough, New Zealand
Pale yellow colour. Brilliant. Glassy and flinty aromas dominate the nose. In the mouth the wine tastes vibrant and fleshy. Long after taste.
90+/100
$ 39.95

Wismer-Foxcroft N2 Chardonnay, 2015, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Ripe pear/apple aromas jump out of the glass. Full bodied, intense and citrusy in the mouth. A well-balanced wine to enjoy with seafood or as an aperitif.
88+/100
$ 44.95

Also recommended

Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2016, Marchand -Tawse, Burgundy, France
89/100
$ 32.95

Pouilly Fumé, 2012, Chateau La Louviere, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
88+/100
$ 47.95

June’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2018, 13th Street Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
88+/100
$ 21.95

Market White, 2015, Sperling, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
88+/100
$ 18.95

Single Vineyard Chardonnay, 2016, Arboleda, Chile
88+/100
$ 19.95

Rarangi Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, Wither Hills, New Zealand
88+/100
$ 22.95

Chardonnay, 2015, Cathedral cellars, South Africa
88+/100
$ 16.95

Vinus, 2015, Paul Mas, Languedoc, France
88+/100
$ 15.95

Red wines

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Ridge Vineyards, California
Dark brilliant red. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and petit verdot, this outstanding wine is well balanced, harmonious, full-bodied, smells of stone fruits. Cellar for five to six years.
92+/100
$ 94.95

Finca Monasterio, 2014, Baron de Ley, Rioja, Spain
Brilliant crimson, Red currant fruit aromas dominate the first aromatic impressions, in the mouth this smooth wine evolves firm and intense flavours. Deeply flavoured, with well-integrated tannins and firm acidity.
An excellent wine to pair with roast leg of lamb, or grilled lamb chops.
91+/100
$ 34.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Dusted Valley Winery, Washington
Washington State reds are the best values available from
the U S A.
Deep red. Smells of ripe blackberries and black cherries melding into spices.
Full bodied, intense, and eminently enjoyable with intensely flavoured foods.
94/100
$ 40.95

Malbec, 2013, Jose Zuccardi, Uco Valley, Argentina
Intense red leaning into black. Expect liquorice and filly ripe black currant aromas. Full-bodied, intense,, with soft tannins. Long aftertaste.
Drinking window now to 2025.
90+/100
$ 44.95

Also recommended

Earnscleugh Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2015, Grasshopper Rock, Central Otago, New Zealand
90+/100
$ 44.95

Crianza, 2014, Camparron, Toro, Spain
90+/100
$ 18.95

Tinto, 2014, Kelman, Dao, Portugal
90+/100
$ 17.95

Solaia, 2014, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
90+/100
$ 257.95

Chateau La Prade, 2014, Thienpot, Cotes de Bordeaux, France
89+/100
$ 29.95

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2015, Olivier et Lafon, Rhône Valley, France
90+/100
$ 47.95

Château La Tour de Mons, 2008, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
89+/100
$ 52.95

Chateau Yon Figeac St. Emilion Grand Cru, 2015, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France
90/100
$ 64.95

Barossa Valley Shiraz, 2015, Elderton, South Austraia
90/100
$ 24.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, Tom Gore, California
90+/100
$ 19.95

Pinot Noir, 2015, Oregon Trails, Oregon, U S A
89+/100
$ 24.95

Rutherford ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, Rutherford Winery, Napa Valley, California
90+/100
$ 39.95

Rosé wines

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose, 2017, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza, Artgentia
87/100
$ 19.95

Whispering Angel Rose, 2017, Cave d’Esclans, Provence, France
88+/100
$ 29.95

Tavel, 2017, Marquis d’Aqueria, Rhone Valley, France
90/100
$ 19.95

Julie Rose, 2017, Chateau Clamens, Fronton, France
87/100
$ 19.95

Albia, 2017, Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany, Italy
87/100
$ 19.95

Clarete, 2017, Ontanon, Rioja, Spain
87/100
$ 16.95

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