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Professor B’s April 12 Vintages Release Recommendations

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This release contains a mini thematic of Valpolicella wines, and products from many countries.

Surprisingly there are only two rose wines offered.

My recommendations are:

Spirits

Pig Peat Islay Blended Malt, Douglas Laing and Co. Ltd. Scotland
This unchillfiltered Scotch smells of salt and peat.
It is “pale” indicating absence of caramelized sugar in the blend.
A smooth and seamless whisky to sip with a little water to unlock its intrinsic aromas.
92/100
0186825, 700 ml $ 96.95

Millesimata Moscato d’ Asti Grappa, 2010, Castanger, Italy
Generally, grappa is never vintage dated. This small distillery feels that using moscat grapes make a difference to this tradition.
This grappa smells of tropical fruits fragrant white flowers.
An elegant grappa you can enjoy after an extended meal, or “chase” it with a fine Colombian supreme coffee.
92/100
0357434, 700 ml. $ 44.95

Fortified wine

Walnut Brown Oloroso, William and Humbert, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Well balanced between sweetness, spiciness and buttery notes.
Clean and pleasant finish
90/100
0437467, $ 13.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2012, Lailey, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Buttery, and peach-blossom smells are followed with apple and vanilla. Fine acidity. Well-balanced and elegant to pair with poached halibut, or pan-fried salmon with cream sauce.
90/100
0193482, $ 19.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Momo, Marlborough, New Zealand
Herbal and refreshing aromas. Mouth watering acidity and vibrant flavours.
Herbal chicken breast, roasted apple or apricot-stuffed pork loin would be fine accompaniments.
88/100
0009167, $ 17.95

Cotes Du Rhone, 2012, Perrin et Fils, Cotes Du Rhone, France
Very polished blend of roussanne, viognier, marsanne, and grenache blanc (all staples of white Rhone Valley whites.
Fruity and very appealing mouth feel.
Ready to enjoy on its own, with hors d’eouvre, crudités, fish pates, seafood soups.
88/100
0499509, $ 14.95

Also recommended

Chardonnay, 2012, La Crema Russian Valley, Sonoma County, California
90/100
0067231, $ 37.95

Spirit hawk Chardonnay, 2011, Lander-Jenkins, California
89/100
016265, $ 19.95

Oregon Chardonnay, 2011, T. Bachelder, Willamette Valley, Oregon, U S A 90/100
0273334, $ 29.95

Red wines

Merlot, 2011, Dirty Laundry, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Blackberry, cocoa and smoke waft out of the glass, Int erh mouth, plum flavours dominate. A robust wines to pair with meat pies, pizzas, or roast saddle of vela.
91/100
0366179, $ 31.95

Pinot Noir, 2011, Domaine Drouhin, Dundee Hills, Oregon, USA
Impressive cherry aromas, crisp acidity and seamless texture make this wine outstanding with grilled lamb chops, meat pates or or posciutto or just sip and contemplate.
92/100
0961284, $ 45.95

Single site Shiraz, 2010, Zonte’s Footstep Baron von nemesis, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Bright, intense violet colour. Intense cherry and cassis aromas underlined with chocolate flavours.
Persistent and pleasant aftertaste.
92/100
0212936, $ 17.95

Also recommended

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, St Francis Winery, Sonoma County, U S A 92/100
0671164, $ 29.95

Diversite Pinot Noir, 2010, le Cadeau Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon, U S A
92/100
0199752, $ 64.95

Aplhabets Pinot Noir, 2011, Pali, Willamette Valley, Oregon, U S A
90/100
0369835, $ 26.95

Cuvee Benkovac, 2010, Croatia
90/100
0359901, $ 15.95

Riserva Chianti Colli Senesi, 2009, Castello di Farnatella, Tuscany, Italy
90/100
0368498, $ 29.95

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Zenato, Veneto, Italy
92/100
0413179, $ 49.95

Ripassa Valpolicella Superiore, 2010, Zenato, Veneto, Italy
92/100
0479766, $ 25.95

Rose wine

Rose, 2013, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Strawberry aromas dominate. An elegant wine with stone fruit flavours int eh mouth.
Refreshing and seamless.
90/100
0117861, $ 14.95

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