Professor B's May 12 Vintages Release Highlights.

wine releases

LCBO’s Vintages division schedules two monthly releases. In May, the first release will occur on the 12th and the second a fortnight later.

This review contains two parts. The first refers to the highest scorers, and the second to value wines.

Highest scorers:

White wine

Chablis Premiere Cru, 2010, Herve Azo, Chablis, Burgundy, France

This mid-weight single-vineyard Chablis is crisp, offers pear/apple aromas and fine finish. Recommended with pan-fried Dover sole, or gujon of sole, or freshly shucked oysters with a drop or two lemon juice, or shrimp in a cream and dill sauce.
$ 27.95

Red wines

Terroir Cache Meritage, 2008, Hidden bench Winery, Ontario
This small, quality-obsessed winery always produces fine wines. Its vines are pruned to yield small amounts of highly concentrated wines.
This blend offers blackberry and charcoal flavours with hints of vanilla beans.
Pair with medium-rare grilled prime quality sirloin steaks. 90/100
$ 35.20

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Silver Oak, Napa Valley, California, USA
This is a “jewel of a wine” from the fabled Napa Valley winery. Aromas of blackberries waft out of the glass. In the mouth, chocolate flavours are evident. Full bodied. Outstanding mouth feel and long finish.
$ 84.95

Wallace Shiraz/Grenache, 2009, Ben Glaetzer, South Australia
Silky mouth feel. Offers dark berry aromas with hints of pipe tobacco, mocha and spice. Lingering finish.
$ 28.95


Wild Ferment Chardonnay, 2010, Errazuriz, Chile

This robust and superbly balanced chardonnay was fermented using the yeasts on the skins of the fruit. It offers mango, and dried pineapple notes with a buttery mouth feel and good finish.
$ 17.95

White Label de Cepas Viejas Monastrell, 2010, J. Gill, Jumilla, Spain
Monastrell is thought to have originated in Spain. The French imported the variety and call it mourvedre. In France, this variety thrives in Languedoc and Cotes du Rhone.
Juan Gill is considered by many the master of monastrell, who produced a 2010 wine that is superbly balanced, fruity, full bodied of outstanding intensity.
$ 12.95

Gran Reserva, 2001, Heredad de Baroja, Rioja, Spain
Deep garnet in colour with leather, date, fresh and dried cherry aromas are dominant. The wine is dry, well extracted, balanced, elegant and deeply flavoured
$ 21.95

Expressiones Reserva Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Finca Flichman, Argentina
Deep ruby in colour, featuring black berry, raspberry, and black cherry aromas. The mouth feel is smooth and layered. Full bodied, intense with a long finish Superb with grilled beef, or stewed game.
$ 15.95