Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s February 1 2014 vintages Release Recommendations


This release with over 100 wines offers several white wines that represent good value, a few fines sparkling wines and many reds worth cellaring


Ardbog Islay Single Malt , Ardbeg Distillery, Scotland
This unchillfiltered earthy whisky from a small distillery is out-of-the-ordinary, It smells of mint, is viscous and plain intriguing.
0354258, 700 ml $ 176.95

Fortified wine

Vintage 2009 Port, Bulas, Oporto, Portugal
Exotic spice aromas and stone fruit flavours make this port irresistible.
Would benefit from three to six years of cellaring.

Sparkling wines

Grand Reserve Brut Rose, Chateau de Bligny, Champagne, France
Cherry, plum aromas, along with spice notes are noticeable. Juicy acidity, fine texture, and depth make this sparkler stand out.
0352161, $ 49.95

Also recommended

Sparkling Rose, Sophora, New Zealand
0353664, $ 199.95

Brut Rose, Cremant d’Alsace, Les Vignerons de Pfaffenheim, Alsace
0352203, $ 17.95

Dessert Wine

Moscato d’Asti, 2012, Teresina, Piedmont, Italy
Pale in colour, frizzante texture, low alcohol, sweet, but balanced, with a pleasing acidity.
0365213, $ 17.95

White wines

Black Sheep Riesling, 2012, Featherstone Winery, Niagara Peninsula
Charming, complex, medium-bodied, floral and well balance.
Very enjoyable as a patio sipping wine, or for use in fruit bowls.
0080234, $ 16.95

Ad Lib Hen and Chicken Oaked Chardonnay, 2010, The Yard Wine Company Western Australia
Pineapple and apricot aromas predominate, underlined with toasty/nutty nuances.
Silky mouth feel with good acidity and intensity.
0297697, $ 19.95

Elizabeth Semillon, 2006, Mc Williams Mount Pleasant Winery, New South Wales, Australia
Perfumey, aromas of exotic fruits and spices. Dry, light, with racy acidity. Long aftertaste.
0724492, $ 19.95

Also recommended

Chardonnay, 2009, Mount Adam Estates, Eden Valley, South Australia
0333211, $ 24.95

Chardonnay, 2012, Kaiken Ultra, Argentina
0355552, $ 19.95

Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010, La Follette, Sonoma County, California
0361401, $ 44.95

Gentil, 2012, Hugel, Alsace, France
0367284, $ 15.95

Red wines

Esprit de Beaucastel, 2010, Paso Robles, California
A blend of mourvedre, grenache, syrah, and cunoise.
This fruity (blackberry, plum, liquorice, and flowers), full-bodied, superbly balanced, and nuanced wine would benefit from three to four years of aging. Enjoy now with roast beef, medium-rare steak or game stews.
0735654, $ 54.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Full-bodied, intensely fruity, well-extracted, powerful, with a long and satisfying finish.
0322586, $ 19.95

Pinot Noir, 2011, Akarua, Otago, New Zealand
Deep purple in colour, intense, spicy, and full bodied. A simply delicious wine that could be consumed with food now, but would benefit from a few years of cellaring.
0079541, $ 37.95

Also recommended

Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Nickel and Nickel, Napa Valley, California
0361725, $ 119,95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, St Supery Winery, Napa Valley, California
0423822, $ 38.95

Triptych, 2011, Cathedral Cellar, South Africa
0053124, $ 16.95

Barbera d’Alba Superiore, 2010, Cantina del Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Italy
0363002, $ 15.95

Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico, 2010, Luciano Arduini, Veneto, Italy
0362111 500 ml $ 32.95
Note This is a sweet red wine to be enjoyed on its own.

Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Villa Girardi, Veneto, Italy
0159913, $ 41.95

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