Professor B's Monthly Vintages Release Recommendations (February).


The Vintages division of the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) selects fines wines, spirits, fortified-, and dessert wines plus sakes from all over the world and releases them bi-weekly.

Most are imported in small quantities and distributed to selected stores throughout the province but can be ordered by any Ontario resident living in remote locations.

In my opinion Vintages releases are competitively priced relative to others in Canada and to some extent even New York State.

Here are my picks for the month of February:

Fortified wine

Quinta De La Rosa Reserve, Douro Valley, Portugal
Well-structured offering ripe fruit aromas, along with fig and rosewater smells. Sweet but well balanced to enjoy on its own or with fresh ripe fruits.
0715540, $ 19.95

Sparkling wine

Brut, 2007, Argyle, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Smells of brioche, pears apples, white peaches. It is crisp, light, balanced and refreshing. A fine sparkling wine at a reasonable price.
02518160, $ 31.95

Helen’s Harmony Viognier, 2008, Small Gully, Barossa valley, South Australia

Offers honey, peach, pear, white pepper aromas. Medium-bodied, crisp and dry with a fine balance and pleasant finish.
0269332, $ 19.95

Les Grands Groux Sancerre, 2009, Domaine Fouassier, Loire Valley, France

Aromas of straw and apples dominate this finely balanced, refined wine. The finish is long and satisfying. Highly recommended with white-fleshed pan-fried fish, or cooked a la Meuniere.
0267948, $ 24.95

Hochheimer Kirchenstuck Riesling Auslese, 2003, Domdechant Werner, Rheingau, Germany

Absolutely delightful aromas of dried apricot, tangerine, peach compote, nut, lime, and petrol emanate fromt ehg alss. Medium sweet with ane xcellent acid backbone, this wien can be enjoyed on tis own or with moderately spices Thai or hinese specialties.
0931386, $ 27.95

Old Vines Riesling, 2010, 13th Street Winery, Ontario, Canada

Intense aromas of lime, ripe pear, peach, apple emanate out of the glass. It also offers minerality on the palate. Balanced, complex, and highly recommended with Asian dishes and lightly curried white fleshed fish.
0272617, $ 23.95

Red wines

Shiraz, 2009, Epsilon, Barossa valley, South Australia

A modern fruit-driven Shiraz smelling of ripe berries. Well-extracted, and deeply flavoured with an excellent mouth feel and satisfying finish can be cellared for 3 – 5 years, but ready to enjoy with grilled beef or beef stews.
0039552, $ 24.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, Chateau Chevalier, Napa Valley, California

Delivers complex aromas of black plums, cedar, leather, cassis and blackberries. Dry and full bodied with soft tannins and full flavoured finish.
0256776, $ 34.95

Estate Cabernet/Merlot, 2007, Ridge, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Blended using Cabernet Sauvignon (58 per cent) and Merlot (42), this dark red and brilliant wine offers vanilla, tobacco, and cracked black pepper aromas. A firm wine with an excellent balance, and full body it is best with deeply flavoured foods e.g medium rare grilled steak, rack of lamb, grilled lamb chops, and semi-hard cheeses.
0089284, $ 49.95

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