Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s February 2, 2013 Vintages Release Recommendations.


Following the first release of 2013 that featured great bargains, this one, much larger than the preceding, offers very fine wines, and spirits, some of which represent outstanding value.

Here are my recommendations:


Sazerac 18 Year Old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
For most spirit drinkers Canadian whisky represents rye whisky, in reality Canadian whisky is a blend of rye, wheat, corn, and other grains.
The straight rye whiskey from Kentucky is well rounded, smooth, with spicy undertones and cinnamon. This fine whiskey has a gentle and enduring finish.
0314351, No price provided.

Sparkling wine

Joy Premium Sparkling Wine, Featherstone Winery, Niagara Peninsula
Fruity, floral with a fine bead mousse. Refreshing, with a bracing finish.
0310334, $ 34.95

Value sparking wine

Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Loosen Brothers, Mosel, Germany
0296095, $ 13.95

White wines

Dutton Palms Vineyard Chardonnay, 2010, Dutton Estates, California
From the northern part of the Russian Valley in Sonoma County, this dry wine shows bracing acidity, offers citrus (orange and lemon) flavours. Barrel ferments and aged, it si smooth, and well balanced with a long finish.
An excellent food wine.
0234856, $ 53.95

Chardonnay, 2010, La Crema, Sonoma County, California
La Crema specializes in chardonnay and pinot noir. This wine is rich, and offers orange, vanilla and pineapple aroma with perceptible minerality. Refreshing, lively, and eminently enjoyable with or without food. 90/100
0067231, $ 37.95

Value wines

Chardonnay, 2011, Man Vintners, South Africa
0295329, $ 13.95

Riesling, 2011, Cooper’s Hawk, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario
0318402, $ 15.95

Sketches Niagara Riesling, 2010, Tawse Estates,
0089029, $ 17.95

Red wines

Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Chappellet, Napa Valley, California
A terrific cabernet sauvignon from a famous winery. Aromas of blackberry and cherry dominate, buttressed with toasty oak. A well balanced, structured, and extracted wine that can be enjoyed with food now, or cellared for another three to four years for more complexity.
0704254, $ 68.95

Dominus, 2009, Christian Moueix, Napa Valley, California
Aromas of red berries, tobacco and spices waft out of the glass. The wine is unctuous, deeply flavoured, well balanced, and finishes with a great length. A very sophisticated wine.
021281, $ 151.95

Ebenezer Shiraz, 2001, Brosssa Valley Estate, South Australia
A vibrant, and classic (high alcohol, high extract), smooth, fruity wine with a firm acid backbone.
Long finish
0971705, $ 40.95

Also recommended

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Justin, Paso Robles, California
91/100 0684308, $ 33.95

Don Miguel Vineyard La Massa Pinot Noir, 2007, Marimar Estates, Sonoma County, California
0303974, $ 34.95

Red, 2009, Treana, Paso Robles, California
0011221, $ 39.95

Cotes Du Roussillon-Villages, 2010, Hecht et Bannier, Languedoc, France
0142803, $ 23.95

Bricco Enrichetta Langhe, 2011, Pelassa, Piedmont, Italy
0305508, $ 16.95

Primofiore, 2008, Quintarelli, Veneto, Italy
0020867, $ 56.95

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