Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s March 7 Vintages Release Recommendations


After a few releases loaded with medium-priced wines, the Vintages management must have decided to increase the quality level of the wines offered.

In this 120 plus release, there were several kosher wines.

Several Chianti wines are included and some taste great, but too expensive for the level of quality.

There are a few sparkling wines.

The two Irish whiskies are excellent, but the most outstanding distillate is the Himbeergeist from A. Schladerer.


12-Year Old Single Malt Irish Whisky
Knappogue Castle, Ireland
Triple distilled and aged in second use Bourbon barrels, this pale whiskey brims with citrus aromas. In the mouth it shows its depth and finishes smoothly.
223776, $ 62.95

Small Batch Irish Whisky, Teeling, Ireland
This family-owned and managed distillery has a long history of quality and consistency.
This whiskey is non-chill filtered and finished in second use Flor de Cana rum barrels from Nicaragua. Such barrels give the whiskey its reddish colour and sweetish tinge. A gentle, smooth, and very appealing whiskey.
375139, 700 ml. $ 54.95

Eau de vie

Himbeergeist, A. Schladerer, Black Forest, Germany
This small world famous distillery located int eh Black Forest region specializes in fruit eau de vie.
This raspberry distillate is perfect in tis fruit aromas, finesse, balance, elegance, and mouth feel.
58974, 375 ml. $ 36.95

Dessert wine

Moscatel de Setubal, 2012, Sivipa, Portugal
Portugal’s moscatel from the Setubal region close to the Atlantic Ocean is famous for its aromatic, sweet, beautifully balanced wines. This wine is an excellent example of the intensity, balance, citrus aromas and finish.
Enjoy with sweet desserts, or simply as an after dinner prandial.
246652, $ 15.95

Fortified wines

15 Year Old Oloroso Sherry, El Maestro, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
A generous well balanced sherry with typical “rancio” that connoisseurs appreciate. Enjoy with dried apricots, dates, apples, and pears.
330571, 375 ml. $ 13.95

LBV, 2009, Burmester, Douro Valley, Portugal
This port wine offers floral aromas, underlined with black fruits and vanilla. The midpalate is sweet, but balanced. Enjoy after an extended meal, or over conversation with like-minded friends.
400697, $ 24.95

Sparkling wine

Mosaique Brut, Jacquard, Champagne, France
Aromas of citrus fruits and ginger emanate from the glass. A refined and elegant wine with pleasant and refreshing acidity. Light and elegant.
66472, $ 47.95

White wines

Meursault, 20134, Ropiteau, Burgundy, France
Golden in colour. Seductively perfumed with fleshy apple/pear aromas. In the mouth, the flavours develop fully backed up with crisp acidity. Long aftertaste.
Cellar for three to four years for more elegance and refinement.
405159, $ 59.95

Tokaji Yellow Muscat, 2013, Puklus Pinceszet, Tokaji Hegyalja, Hungary
This region, world famous for its sweet wines, also produces dry fragrant wines on its volcanic soils floral aromas dominate the nose. In the mouth, lime, apple and peach flavours shine with vibrant acidity. An excellent wine to enjoy with white meat and thai specialties.
46508, $ 15.95

Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Villa Maria, New Zealand
A vibrant sauvignon blanc with Loire valley fruit aromas. Rich, dry, golden-hued, deeply flavoured, and surprisingly complex.
974527, $ 19.95

Also recommended

Wismer Vineyard Chardonnay, 2011, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula, Otnario
345819, $ 44.95

Pinot Gris, 2013, Duck Pond Cellars, Oregon, U.S.A
333286, $ 19.55

Chablis Premier Cru Montee De Tonerre, 2011, Jean Collet Et Fils, Chablis, Burgundy, France
405720, $ 34.95

Red wines

Athene, 2011, Burrowing Owl, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Brilliant, deep red colour, a blend of equal parts of cabernet sauvignon, and syrah, this flavorful wine with unctuous mouth feel is a towering red to enjoy with a medium rare grilled steak, or game stew, or roast rack of deer.
371336, $ 44.95

Tito, 2011, Zuccardi, La Consulta, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Brilliant deep garnet in colour. This vibrant wine bursts wit clean pure ripe berry flavours. It is full-bodied offering ripe tannins and smooth texture. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and ancelotta. Enjoy with deeply flavored foods.
402958, $ 34.95

Lena Di Mezzo Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Monte Del Fra, Veneto, Italy
Brilliant red leaning to black in colour. It bursts with dark cherry aromas. The wine has an unctuous mouth feel, impeccable balance, full body, with a long and satisfying aftertaste.
An incredibly complex wine to enjoy with hard chesses, or roast whole fillet of beef, sliced and accompanied by sauce bordelaise.
47506, $ 49.95

Also recommended

Vieille Vignes Beaujolais Village, 2013, Chateau D’emeringes, Proprietere Pierre David
405787, $ 14.95

Voyageur Pinot Noir, 2012, Keint-He, Prince Edward County, Ontario
373407, $ 18.00

Grand Malbec, 2009, Couvelier Los Andes, Argentina
368514, $ 61.95

Gran Reserva Syrah/Mourvedre, 2012, Emiliana Novas, Chile
399360, $ 15.95

Gran Reserva Carmenere, 2012, Vina Tarapaca, Chile
57513, $ 17.95

Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, 2011, Penfold, Sauth Australia
422782, $ 34.95

[Ernande Vergelesses Creuz De La Net Premeir Cru, 2011, Bachelder, Burgundy
403485, $ 47.95

Pinot Noir, 2012, Palatinate, Germany
395954, $ 18.95

Le Sughere Di Frassinello, 2011, Rocca Di Frassinello, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
25700, $ 24.95

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