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Professor B’s February 20 Vintages Release Recommendations

Wine tasting
Wine tasting

This release contains 114 wines and offers a selection of Australian and Ontario award-winning products.  All, except very few wines, were available for tasting.

Surprisingly, the Australian selection tasted under whelming. Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley pinot noirs were not offered, which I expected.

Ontario wines tasted fine.
This release contains six red Spanish wines, and all represent good or excellent value.
Spanish wineries under price their products, as the internal demand is weak, due to the country’s financial difficulties.

Here are my recommendations

Bunnhabain 18-Year-Old Single Malt, Burn Stewart, Scotland
This Islay whisky benefits from the salt-infused air during the aging. Unfiltered, the whisky is deep amber in colour, tastes powerful and rich. It tastes briny more due to the location of the aging warehouse than smoky. A fine whisky for sipping.
700 ml. $ 179.95

Armagnac VSOP, Chateau De Laubade, Armagnac, France
This Armagnac offers vanilla, nut, spice, citrus, and faint smoke aromas. Smooth and refined. An excellent sipping spirit.
Enjoy after an extended gourmet meal.
$ 51.95

Sparkling wines

Joseph Chromy Sparkling 2010, Josef Chromy, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania is a large island south of Australia and enjoys a cool climate. Pinot noir and chardonnay grow well here and Josef Chromy makes fine still and sparkling wines.
Pale straw colour. The wine opens up with storage apple, and freshly baked bread aromas. In the mouth, the minerality stands out. Light and highly enjoyable with flavourful cream cheeses or white-fleshed, pan-fried fish fillets.
$ 29.95

Also recommended

Cuvee Predilection Brut Vouvray, 2012, Chateau Moncontour, Loire Valley, France
$ 19.95

Dessert wine

Moscato D Asti, 2014, Cristina Ascheri, Piedmont, Italy
Moscato dAsti, a fragrant, low alcohol ( 5 per cent ABV), sweet wine and is always delicious. It can be enjoyed at brunch with a selection of light dishes, except scrambled eggs.
This moscato is no exception. It smells of rosewater, along with peach and apple flavours. Light and well balanced.
$ 17.95

White wines

Claystone Terrace Chardonnay, 2012, Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Beautifully crafted, this pale wine offers lemon aromas along qith vibrant acidity. Logn afetrtaste. Refined and elegeant.
$ 40.00

Reserve Selection Chardonnay, 2013, Raymond, Napa Vally, California
This small iconic winery is again gaining popularity under the guidance of Jean-Charles Boisset, the founder and general manager of Boisset wine enterprises in Burgundy.
Smells of ripe apples lemon, and toast. In the mouth the acidity makes the wine come alive and very appealing. Very appropriate for filet of sole a la Meuniere, or white-fleshed fish fillet in a cream and white wine sauce.
$ 24.95

Les Clous Maursault, 2013, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Brilliant yellow. Aromas of apple waft out of the glass. Medium bodied. Very enjoyable, well balanced, typical minerality chardonnay.
$ 44.95

Also recommended

Carneros Chardonnay, 2014, Rombauer, Carneros, California
$ 59.95

Cold Chalk Chardonnay, 2014, Mr. Riggs, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
$ 20.95

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, K. Judd, Marlborough, New Zealand
$ 23.95

Meursault, 2013, Olivier Chanzy, Burgundy, France
$ 59.95

Red wines

Claystone Terrace Pinto Noir, 2013, Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Brownish pale red. Ripe cherry and plum aromas dominate. In the mouth, red berry flavours take over, Well balanced and eminently enjoyable with all kinds of dishes including roasted apple or apricot stuffed pork loin, roast turkey with giblet gravy, or provimi veal cutlets.
$ 36.00

Cuvee Imperiale Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2012, Raymond Usseglio, Rhone Valley, France
A blend of Grenache (95 per cent), and few other varieties originates from century old vines. Brilliant red. Aromas of blueberries, and violets dominate. Full-bodied, well-balanced, powerful and elegant. Celalr for 8 – 10 years for more refinement.
$ 57.95

Gran Reserva Rioja, 2005, Muriel, Rioja, Spain
Brilliant red. Cherry, liquorice, tobacco and tea aromas greet the nose. Full bodied. Vibrant flavours of citrus and a good grip of tannins. Well balanced with a long and satisfying finish.
Enjoy with roast leg of lamb, roast rack of lamb, or grilled lamb chops.
$ 28.95

Also recommended

Chinati Classico Riserva, 2011, Viticcio, Tuscany, Italy
$ 32.95

Finca Ygay Reserva, 2010, Marques de Murrieta, Rioja, Spain
$ 27.95

Bishop Shiraz, 2013, J. Glaetzer, Barossa Valley, South Australia
$ 39.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Xanadu, Margaret River, Western Australia
$ 29.95

Honoro Vera Monastrell, 2013, J. Gill, Jumilla, Spain
$ 13.95

La Casilla Estrecha, 2013, Bodegas Ponce, Manchuela, Spain
$ 36.95

Brunello di Montalcino, 2010, Abbadia Ardenga, Tuscany, Italy
$ 49.95

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