Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s January 24 Vintages Release Recommendations


Vintage’s first and second releases of the year are always relatively small (approximately 100 brands).

This eyar’s second release contains one champagne, one cremant d’Alsace, one cava from Spain, on Madeira from Portugal, one sherry for Spain, two whiskies, 29 white wines, and the remainder red.

Almost all products are modestly priced, as buyers know that after Christmas consumers tend to be more cautious on spending especially alcohol.

My selections are:

Auriverdes Islay Single Malt, Ardbeg, Scotland, United Kingdom
A superbly crafted, elegant, smooth, intense and lightly spiced Scotch.
392134, $ 185.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2012, Calera, Central Coast, California
Golden colour. Aromas of ripe apples, pears, and brioche. Medium bodied, well balanced with a remarkably long finish.
713313, $ 24.95

Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2012, Bachelder, Burgundy, France
Thomas Bachelder is a veteran winemaker who worked in Oregon, Burgundy, and Ontario, for a number of years.
Now he created a company to produce fine wines from these three regions. He now works in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula and produces his Ontario chardonnays and pinot noirs as virtual wines. He purchases the grapes and “virtually” produces them in all three regions. This is the Burgundy version.
Golden colour. Aromatically very enticing. In the mouth, intense, smooth, and layered in a range of flavours. Well balanced, with a long finish.
272005, $ 35.95

Chablis Premier Cru, 2012, William Fawre, Burgundy, France
Pale yellow brilliant colour. Aromas of white flowers, peaches, and pears dominate. Medium bodied, elegant, with fine minerality in the mouth, makes this wine a prime choice for shucked oysters, seafood pates, sautéed shrimp with dill and Pernod, boiled lobster with drawn butter, or mussels mariniere.
977587, $ 49.95

Also recommended

Santa Digna Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Torres, Chile
177444, $ 14.95

Middle Earth Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Nelson, Wineland Ltd, New Zealand,
391987, $ 17.95

Ormarine Carte Noir Picpoul De Pinet, Jean Jean, France
525287, $ 12.95

Chardonnay, 2011, First press, Napa Valley, California
199810, $ 19.95

Red wines

Cabernet sauvignon, 2012, Buehler, Napa Valley, California
Garnet colour. Aromas of ripe berries waft out of the glass. In the mouth, this full-bodied wine offers cedar and vanilla notes. Well balanced with a long and satisfying aftertaste.
Enjoy with roast rack of lamb, roast leg of lamb, medium- or hard cheeses.
396135, $ 41.95

Gran Reserva Malbec, Finca El Origen, 2011, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Dark, almost inky red. Fruity, powerful, full bodied, and well
extracted. Excellent with roast beef, or rib of beef, or grilled rib of beef, medium-rare steak, roast filet of beef sauce Bordelaise, or hard cheeses.
554525, $ 21.95

Cuvee De Baron Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2012, Chateau Fortia, Rhone Valley, France
Raspberry and blackberry aromas dominate the nose. Spicy, and liquorice notes in the mouth make this superbly balanced wine eminently enjoyable with roast duck, game stews, and hard cheeses.
959999, $ 39.95

Also recommended

Arboleda Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, E. Chadwick, Aconcagua Valley, Chile
606764, $ 19.95

Chianti Classico, 2011, Bibbiano, Tuscany, Itlay
168286, $ 21.95

Ripa Delle Mandorle, 2013, Vicchiomaggio, Tuscany, Italy
677930, $ 15.95

Quinta Das Camelias Reserva, 2012, Jaime De Almeida Barros, Dao, Portugal
305334, $ 13.95

Chateau De Montbadon, 2010, Baron De Monfort, Castillon, Bordeaux, France
385882, $ 18.95

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