Professor B's August 4 Vintage Release Picks.


The L C B O operates a little more than 600 stores throughout the province. Of those, approximately 300 carry Vintages wines. Some offer a small selection, others sizeable, and a few full-blown stores carry all brands, plus all Vintages releases. The big stores are in Toronto, Ottawa, and London. If you want to select from a large offering, visit those. If you cannot, then subscribe for teh free to the Vintages bi-weekly catalogue and decide at home which wine to buy. But remember, there are also “unadvertised” in store discovery wines (ISD) that are offered only in a few selected stores.

This release offers an excellent Scotch whisky

Longrow CV Heavily Peated Campbelltown Single Malt
Smells of wax paper, chalk, tobacco leaf, and medicines. Smooth and inspiring. In the mouth, it offers flavours of dried fruit and brown sugar.
0180158 700 ml $ 82.95

Sparkling Wine

Brut Reserve Special, Thorn-Clarke, South Australia
A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, this, dry, creamy and fruity midweight wine is well balanced and represents good value.
0280925 ,$ 19.95

White Wines

Chardonnay, 2009, Edna Valley, California
Aromatic fruity (pear, apricot, pineapple), and well balanced. In the mouth, underlying oak flavours become evident. Clean and lingering aftertaste.
0984153, $ 19.95

Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese, 2009, Bollig-Lehnert, Mosel
Elegant, off dry, balanced, aromatic (apple, peach and pears). Lingering finish
0284422, $ 21.95

Gavi Di Gavi, 2010, Broglia La Meirana, Piedmont, Italy
Floral/fruity, aromatic, beautifully textured wines that will make you wonder if you are in the vineyard. Refreshing and vibrant finish.
0280958, No price provided
Good value

Red Wines

Merlot, 2009, Markham, Napa Valley, California
Aromas of ripe plums waft out of the glass, a telltale sign of Napa Valley fruit. Beautifully textured with layers of flavours, with just enough “grip” to remind you that it calls for a juicy steak.
073874, $ 31.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Barlow Barrouge, Napa Valley, California
Superbly crafted from Napa Valley fruit (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot) smelling of black cherries, and black currants. Soft, elegant and refined with a satisfying finish.
0147603, $ 47.95

Malbec, 2009, Ksana, Mendoza, Argentina
A rare single vineyard malbec from an average 51-year-old vines. Aged in French and American oak barrels. Aromas of spice box, tobacco, black cherries and raspberries are easy to identify. Medium bodied, elegant, and refines.
0287441, $ 15.95
Superb value

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Pirramimma, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Full bodied, complex, fruit driven, and powerful. Well balanced, a warm climate cabernet sauvignon worth cellaring for two to three years for further refinement. 92/100
070374, $ 24.95

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