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Professor B’s July 11 Vintages Release Recommendations

Vintages Release Recommendations
Vintages Release Recommendations

In mid-summer management decided to include some sakes, several sparkling wines, and feature Spanish wines.

Some of the white wines on offer tasted were disappointing and most red wines relatively innocuous.

One port on offer tasted less than what one would expect from a standard port, and the dessert wines offered were simply unbalanced either being too sweet or lacking depth.


Dreamy Clouds Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori, Rihaku, Japan
Good complexity, depth of flavour and slight sweetness of citrus make this sake worth enjoying chilled.
406025, 300 ml $ 19.95

Sword Of Sun Tokubetsu Honjozo, Takatuijin Brewery, Japan
Floral with melon, pear, apple and citrus aromas.
Delicate, complex with a dry finish.
406017, 300 ml., $ 20.95

Fortified wine

Del Duque VORS Amontillado, Gonzalez Byass, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
(Vinum Optimum Rare Signatum)
Derived from teh 30 year old Tio pepe solera this dark amber coloured amontillado smells of candied fruit and walntus. Balanced and suitable for sipping with unsaltred nuts or on its own after an extended gourmet meal.
694331, 375 ml. $ 38.95

Sparkling wine

Cinta Purpura Reserva Brut, Juve y Camps, Spain
Delicate pear and citrus aromas. Lively mousse. Bright and balancing acidity. Fresh and elegant.
352864, $ 18.95

White wines

Grand Reserva Chardonnay, 2014, Toro de Piedra, Maule Valley, Chile
Golden colour. Aromas of pineapple, banana and cedar smoke waft out of the glass. Multilayered, well balanced, with good depth.
417493, $ 17.95

Chardonnay, 2013, Hamilton Russel, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, South Africa
From the most southerly land in South Africa this gorgeous chardonnay smells of apples, and white peaches. In the mouth the wine displays minerality. Long finish.
931006, $ 38.95

La Grande Chatelaine Cote de Beaune, 2011, T. Bachelder, Burgundy, France
Offers ripe pear/apple aromas underlined with subtle spice notes. Good minerality. Layered. Well balanced
332536, $ 37.95

Also recommended

Panzo de Bruxas Albarino, 2013, Familia Torres, Rias Baixas, Spain
417667, $ 19.95

Tradition Gewurztraminer, 2012, Willy Gisselbrecht, Alsace, France
928390, $ 17.95

Oregon Chardonnay, 2012, T. Bachelder, Oregon, U.S.A
273334, $ 29.95

Riesling, 2013, N. Hardie, Prince Edward County, Ontario
131169, $ 21.00

Rusty Shed Chardonnay, 2012, Flat Rock Cellars, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

1552, $ 24.95

Red wines

Quatro Pagos Reserva, 2007, Maetierra Dominum, Rioja, Spain
Suffused with cherry, oak, plum, raspberry, mocha, black fruit and dried herbs. A fine blend of tempranillo, graciano, and garnacha with an excellent balance, and layered mouth feel.
246660, $ 19.95

Q Malbec, 2012, Zuccardi, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Inky red colour. Cassis, plum, and raspberry aromas dominate the nose. Full bodied, well balanced, and intense. Long finish
723478, $ 19.95

Pinot Noir, 2011, Buena Vista, Carneros, California, U.S.A.
Fragrant with cherry, cinnamon and fresh aromas. Medium-weight. ÈjuicyÈ and firm mid-palate with good balance and herbal finish.
304105, $ 24.95

Also recommended

Laura`s Red, 2012, Creekside Estates, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
327960, $ 19.95

Mathilda Shiraz, 2012, Domaine Tournon, M. Chapoutier, Victoria, Australia
327395, $ 19.95

The Steading, 2010, Torbreck, Barosssa Valley, South Australia
97220, No price provided

Chateau La Tour Bessan, 2010, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
418509, $ 33.95

Crozes Hermitage, 2012, Vidal-Fleury, Rhone Valley, France
295832, $ 24.95

Grand Terroir Les Aspres, 2011, Gerard Bertrand, Cotes du Roussillon, France
413245, $ 18.95

Chianti Classico Riserva, 2009, Castelgreve, Tuscany. Italy
344416, No price provided

Reserva, 2007, Bodegas Ochoa, Navarra, Spain
418178, $ 24.95

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