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Professor B’s January 4 2014 vintages Release Recommendations

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Vintages buyers and planners well aware of after Christmas splurging have wisely decided to scale down the first release of the year.

Most offerings are reasonably priced to entice consumers to buy.

Spirits

Berry’s Best Speyside Reserve Blend, Berry Bros. And Rudd, Scotland
Appealing floral notes greet the nose. One the palate, soft fruit, nuts and ginger accents are noticeable. Medium long finish.
91/100
0349043, 700 ml $ 73.95

Dougie Maclean’s Caledonia Selection 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt,
Edradour
Amber in colour, this Scotch smells of vanilla, and orange pekoe tea. The palate is soft and intriguing. Long finish. A whisky to savour while conducting a lively discussion with friends and like-minded individuals.
92/100
0242578, 700 ml. $ 96.95

Fortified Wine

Fino Sherry, Sanchez Romate, Spain
This family owned winery has been in business since 1781. An excellent sherry with fresh flavours, and crisp texture.
90/100
0349357, $ 16.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2011, Chateau Montelena, Napa valley, California
Rich in texture, and elegant. Fruity with sufficient acidity to cellar for a several years. Enjoy now with rich, creamy dishes, or wait for it to reach its apogee.
91/100
0701748, $ 59.95

First Press Chardonnay, 2011, Delicato Family Winery, Napa Valley, California
Aromas of apricot, nectarine and white peach are noticeable. A fruit-driven wine with oak undertones.
91/100
0199810, $ 19.95

Chardonnay, 2011, Lincourt Steel, Santa Rita Hills, California
Full bodied and rich in texture, this acid-driven chardonnay should pair beautifully with boiled lobster with drawn butter, or poached salmon with Sauce Hollandaise.
90/100
0361352, $ 24.95

Also recommended

Chateau Vitallis Vieilles Vignes Pouilly Fuisse, 2010, D. Dutron, Burgundy, France
91/100
0360495, $ 27.95

Chablis, 2011, Pierre et Alexandre Ellevin, Burgundy, Farce 89/100
0160200, $ 22.95

Red wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Atalon, Napa Valley, California
Fleshy, generous, full bodied, fruity, well balanced, this blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, petit verdot and cabarnet franc requires four to five years of cellaring to reach its peak. If you absolutely want to taste it now, decant and pair with a game stew, medium-rare steak, or aged cheeses.
91/100
0906198, $ 36.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Wahluke Slope, Washington State
Smooth and supple. Well extracted. Deeply flavoured and well balanced. An exemplary food wine for robust food.
90/100
0360222, $ 18.95

Valle Las Acquias Oak Malbec, 2007, L. Segundo Correas, Mendoza, Argentina
Black cherry, lavender aromas jump out of the glass. Velvety texture, full bodied with a long and satisfying finish.
90/100
0138412, $ 16.95

Also recommended

Yonguen Bonarda, 2012, Bodega Ruca Malen, Mendoza, Argentina
89/100
0360115, $ 14.95

Seasons Reserve Meritage, 2011, De Sousa, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
88/100
0315911, $ 14.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Ca’ Momi, Napa Valley, California
90/100
0315002, $ 21.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Ironstone, California
90/100
0537597, $ 17.95

Avalon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Zonte’s Footstep, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
90/100
0353193, $ 17.95

La Grangliere Vaqueyras, 2011, Pierre Amadieu, Rhone Valley, France
90/100
0076398, $ 21.95

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