Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s May 5 Vintages Release Recommendations


This release includes several rose wines, a mix of products from many regions including a few Ontario wines.

Fortified wines

Vecchioflorio Dolce Marsala Superiore, 2010, Florio, Sicily, Italy
A typical old-style Marsala with aromas of toffee and dates. Flavours of orange peel, roasted nuts, and raisins dominate the palate.
0371732, $ 14.95

Black Port, Quinta Do Noval, Douro Valley, Portugal
Lighter than an L B V (Late Bottled Vintage) port, but still intense and with a substantial mouth feel. Fruity with an excellent finish.
0235689, $ 24.95

Sparkling wine

Brute Rose Cremant d’Alsace, J. Cattin, Alsace, France
Aromas of strawberries and citrus fruit dominate the first impression Vivacious and crisp.
0264572, $ 17.95

White wines

Chablis, 2012, Domaine des Malandes, Chablic, Burgundy, France
Pale tallow leaning to white in colour. Fruity, dry, mid-weight with a long finish.
0111658, $ 23.95

Nicole Vineyard Viognier, 2012, Paul Mas, Pays d’Oc, France

Aromas of peach, nectarines, and apple blossom emanate from the glass. Mid-weight with a fine mouth feel. Recommended to pair with grilles pork chops, or chicken kebabs.
0370098. $ 17.95

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling, Kabinett, 2007, Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter, Mosel, Germany
This light and low alcohol wines (8 per cent ABV) from one of the famous Grosslage vineyards of the Mosel Valley smells of apples/peaches and slates. Off dry and racy on the palate with good acidity. A fine patio wine to sip with friends, or use in a strawberry fruit bowl.
0998120, $ 20.95

Also recommended

Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling, Spatlese, 2011, C.H. Berres, Mosel Valley, Germany
0301952, $ 27.95

Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2012, Domaine Vincent Sauvestre, Burgundy, France
0365956, $ 18.95

Saarburger Rausch Riesling, Kabinett, Zilliken, Mosel Valley, Germany
0371344, $ 32.95

Red wines

Ne Cede Malis Petite Sirah, 2010, Stag’s leap Winery, Napa Valley, California
The Latin name of this wine translates to “Don’t give in to misfortune” is a blends of petite sirah, carignane, mourvedre, muscat, grenache, syrah, sauvignon blanc and peloursin. Well-extracted, smelling of various stone fruits and berries. Full bodied with a very long finish. An excellent wine to pair with roasts.
0589572, $ 89.95

Purple Angel, 2011, Montes, Colchagua Valley, Chile
A fine full-bodied, fruit-forward, juicy wine. Complex flavours mingle int eh mouth. Well balanced with a long finish.
0062364, $ 56.95

Inspiracion Seleccion, 2010, Valdemar, Rioja, Spain
Full-bodied, focused, fresh and well balanced.
In the mouth, cherry, and berry flavours dominate. A modern Rioja wine that represents excellent value.
0166512, $ 17.00

Also recommended

Serralunga d’Alba Barolo, 2008, Fontanafredda, Piedmont. Italy
0943290, $ 39.95

Rare Vintage Meritage, 2010, Coyotes Run, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
00442820, $ 39.95

Beaurouge, 2010, Beaulieu Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
0363531, @24.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Cade, Napa Valley, California
9296509, $ 79.95

Legacy, 2009, Stonestreet, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
070824, $ 98.95

Opus I, 2010, Napa Valley, Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Napa Valley, California
0026310, $ 459.00

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Peju, Napa Valley, California
0147312, $ 64.95

Reserva Especial, 2009, Tabali, Limari Valley, Chile
0107540, $ 22.95

Rose wines

Malbec Rose, 2013, Zuccardi (organic), Argentina
Fruity, full bodied, flavourful
0271015, $ 13.95

Tradition Syrah Rose, 2013, Val Joanis, Chaucel Family, Cotes de Rhone, France
Appealing aromas of strawberry, raspberry and apricots greet the nose. Well balanced with a slightly spicy finish.
0707281, $ 15.95

Tavel Rose, 2013, Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone, France
Intricate aromas of fruits and herbs. Intense, bold and flavourful. A serious rose you can pair with seafood salads, or pan-fried honey laced salmon fillets, or even medium-well lamb burgers.
0680801, $ 19.95

Also recommended

Bardolino Chiaretto Rose, 2013, Zenato, Veneto, Italy
0045203, $ 14.95

Cuvee Tradition Rose, 2013, Mas Des Bressades, Costieres de Nimes, France
0950576, $ 15.95

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