Professor B's August 18 Vintage Release Picks.


This large mid-summer release offers some outstanding wines and values.


The Arran Malt, Isle of Arran Distillers
Scents of tasted almonds waft out of the glass. Apricot and nut flavours evolve in the mouth. The whisky is smooth and tantalising with a satisfying finish.
0050070 700 ml 71.95

Il Pirus Di Williams, Nonino Distillleria, Friuli, Italy
Nonino is better known for its grappas, but this Williams pear distillate smells of warm weather grown fruit. Pear flavours literally explode in the mouth from this smooth and powerful eau-de-vie. Enjoy in a snifter after an extended meal.
0739870 700 ml $ 89.95

White Wines

Unoaked Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay, 2011, Chamisal, California
Unoaked chardonnay wines have become de rigeur in the last 5 – 6years. Generally, they are not complex but offer freshness, and some fruit. This one offers a lot of fruit – grapefruit, apples and pears. Dry int eh mouth, but soft, with a fine acidity that provides an interesting sensation. A fine food wine.
0289223 No price provided

Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, St. Supery, Napa Valley, California
Aromas of gooseberries greet the nose. Zesty with good acidity. Fine finish. An excellent food wine.
0339663 No price provided

Sancerre, 2010, Guy Saget, Loire, France
Green apple aromas waft out of the glass. Lime, lemon and pineapple flavours become evident in the mouth. Long finish.
0287078, $ 19.95

Red wines

Walking Tree cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Block Collection, California
Subtle aromas of cassis and spices greet the nose. Smooth, full bodied, elegant and powerful. Roast leg of lamb would be a good match.
0161323, $ 28.95

Pinot Noir, 2009, Calera, California
One of the best California pinot noirs I have come across. Superb aromas of ripe pinot noir waft out of the glass. Mid weight, deeply flavoured, elegant and balanced.
0933044, No price provided

Chianti Classico Riserva, 2009, Cennatoio Oro, Tuscany, Italy
Dry, fruity with good grip. The wine has good acidity, but enough fruit to sustain it. Well balanced. A modern Chianti with hints of “old winemaking techniques”.
0121210, $ 21.95

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