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Professor B's June 6 Vintages Release Highlights.

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This large release offers many outstanding wines and some are relatively expensive. Some represent good value.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an outstanding Scotch with bright amber colour, intricate aromas of nuts and dried fruit, spies and leather. It is superbly smooth and harmonious. A masterfully blended whisky with a fine and memorable finish.
92/100
0308155
$ 289.95

Fortified wines

Bin No. 27 Reserve Port, Fonseca, Douro Valley, Portugal
A fine, ready-to-enjoy ruby port from an old and reputable shipper. Pair with blue cheeses, or enjoy it on its own
90/100
0156877, $ 15.95

12 Year Old Oloroso Sherry, William and Humberts, Jerez de las Frontera, Spain

Caramel and Seville orange smells swirl out of the glass of this warming sherry. It offers excellent ripe fruit, raisin and sultana flavours, with good underlying acidity. 90/100
0223891, $ 17.95

Sparkling wine

Brut Rose, Codorniu, Villa France del Penedes, Spain
Fragrant, aromas of cherries and berries come through. Dry with plenty of flavour intensity and long finish, 88/100
$ 17.95

Rosé wine

Malbec Rose, 2011, Kaiken, Argentina
Cherry, raspberry, strawberry and grilled red pepper aromas waft out of the glass. Bright and savoury. Good value.
88/100
0169375, $ 14.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2009, Grgich Hills Estates Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
This organic wine offers apple, cinnamon, and vanilla aromas along with perceptible toastiness. Full-bodied and well balanced.
91/100
0346304 , $ 51.95

Les Pilliers Viognier, 2012, Vignobles Michel Gassier, Midi, France
This Mediterranean wine offers a yellow-gold colour and stone fruit aromas. The mouth feel is smooth, the fruit ample with a pleasant finish. Good value.
91/100
0669531, $ 15.95

Chardonnay, 2010, Paul Cluver, South Africa
Polished and refined chardonnay from South Africa offering lemon and lime aromas. Full bodied and with a supcon of oak in the mouth. 89/100
0277939, $ 21.95

Reserva Special Chardonnay, 2010, Maycas de Limari, Chile
Layered aromas of smoke, popcorn, green apples, ripe pears and cinnamon are evident on the nose. Racy acidity, refreshing and balanced. Good value.
89/100
0162040, $ 19.95

Fume Blanc, 2010, Grgich Hills Vineyards and Estate, Napa Valley, California
The fruit of this outstanding sauvignon blanc comes from Carneros and American canyon vineyards. Racy acidity, ripe fruit, and fantastic balance. A wine to enjoy with rich food.
91/100
0346296, $ 29.95

Red wines

Merlot, Shafer, 2009, Napa Valley, California
Full bodied, attractive mouth feel, radiant, powerful and multilayered, Well balanced.
92/100
0346262, $ 59.95

Q Tempranillo, 2008, Zuccardi, Argentina
Deep ruby red. Earthy notes intermingling with blackberry aromas. Layered and full-bodied. Good value.
90/100
0973503, $ 19.95

Shiraz, 2009, The Lackey by Killikanoon, South Australia, Australia
A premium quality Australian shiraz that smells of blackberries, pepper and chocolate. Full bodied and smooth. A good value.
90/100
0005199, $ 17.95

Savitar Shiraz, 2008, Mitolo, Australia
Deep purple leaning to black in colour, with intense blackberry and cassis notes. Spicy and generous with a smooth and balanced texture.
91/100
0659581, $ 54.95

Beaune Les Avaux Premiere Cru, 2009, Domaine Louis Jadot, Burgundy
Fruity with hints of mineral on the nose.
Vibrant middleweight with a tongue-caressing texture. Balanced, elegant with a long and satisfying finish. Ready to enjoy, but can be cellared fro more complexity and refinement.
91/100
0932855, $ 52.95

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