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Professor B’s February 7 Vintages Release Recommendations

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The third release of 2015 offers a little more than 100 wines.

Italy is represented with a relatively large selection, albeit the wines originate in the southern provinces, mainly Puglia, and Calabria with a token sample from Campania.

Surprisingly, there is no Sicilian wine where viti- and vinicultures have improved the most.

There are a little less than 10 Ontario wines in this release, yet only two of them were presented for wine writers to taste, despite the fact that all of the wines are produced no more than 150 kilometres away.

There are some fine wines, but most in this release carry relatively low price tags.

Sparkling wines

Franciacorta Brut, Monzio Compagnoni, Lombardy, Italy
Pale in colour. A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, and made using the classic method of sparkling wine production. Floral on the nose. In the mouth peach, citrus, and toasted almonds dominate. Creamy texture with refreshing and clean aftertaste.
88+/100
401026, $ 26.95

Rose Sparkling, Chandon, California, U S A
Pale red in colour. A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir. Smooth and refreshing with good balance.
89/100
405555, No price

Prestige Brut Rose Champagne, Taittinger, Champagne, France
Black cherry and black currant aromas dominate the nose. Well balanced, light, refreshing with a fine acidity.
91/100
993133, $ 89.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2012, Stag`s Leap Winery, Napa Valley, California
This golden coloured chardonnay from of Napa Valley’s revered wineries offers aromas of tropical fruits and stone fruits. Rich, deeply-flavoured with a good acid backbone.
90/100
655381, $ 34.95

Chenin Blanc Avec Chene, 2012, Simonsig, Stellenbaosch, South Africa
Pale green yellow colour. Tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. Well-balanced, medium weight, elegant and refined.
89/100
282772, $ 25.95

Chassagne Montrachet Les Caillerets Premier Cru, 2011, Domaine Jean-Marc Morey, Burgundy, France
Brilliant yellow colour. Citrus and spice aromas are noticeable. In teh mouth, this medium weight wine oozes fine minerality and admirable complexity. A lovely and stylish textbook white Burgundy.
91/100
205955, $ 85.95

Also recommended

Chardonnay, 2012, Girard, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County,
California
88+/100
276675, $ 26.95

Beaune Bressandes Premier Cru, 2009, Domaine Gagey, L. Jadot, Burgundy, France
89+/100
403097, $ 67.95

Sancerre Domaine de Saint Pierre, 2013, Pierre Prieure et Fils, Loire, France
88+/100
170258, $ 26.95

Red wines

Tinto De Toro, 2011, Vinas Elias Mora, Toro, Spain
Deep dark brilliant ruby. Smells of blackberry, cherry and vanilla. Full bodied, well balanced, smooth and deeply flavoured.
91/100
209650, $ 17.95

Chateau la Bienfaisance, 2008, Grand Cru St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Opaque purple colour, Wall-to-wall fruit aromas waft out of the glass. Rich, well extracted, full bodied, Cellar for five to 10 years for more complexity.
92/100
403451, $ 31.95

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2009, Fattoi, Tuscany, Italy
Crimson colour. Morello cherry, blackberry, tobacco and spice aromas work their way over the palate with a soft consistency. A generous, full bodied, richly extracted wine with great complexity.
90/100
33498, $ 39.95

Also recommended

Chianti Classico, 2011, Villa Cafaggio, Tuscany, Italy
88/100
176776, $ 19.95

Chianti Classico, 2011, Castello di Volpaia, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
953828, $ 27.95

Vranec, 2012, Bovin, Tikves region, Republic of Macedonia
88/100
144345, $ 14.95

Quinta Dos Carvalhais, 2010, Sogrape Vinhos, Dao, Portugal
91/100
13474, $ 16.95

Reserva Ribera Del Duero, 2005, Balbas, Ribera Del Duero, Spain
90/100
85183, $ 21.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Wheelhouse, Napa Valley, California
89/100
396176, $ 24.95

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