Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s November 14 Vintages Release Recommendations Part I

Wine tasting
Wine tasting


This is the largest release (171 brands) of Vintages.

For the first time ever, the management decided to include large format (magnum) bottles of red wine. Magnum bottles slow down aging, and according to some, even improve the flavour when compared to smaller formats.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild bottles 375 ml., 750 ml., Magnums, Jeroboams, and even bigger formats for those who collect the brand. This practice allows connoisseurs judge how their inventory is improving by tasting the smaller formats first.

Even the part I presented was large ad contains several spirits including Scotch, Bourbon, whiskies, one eau-de-vie, grappas, several fortified wines, amaro and digestives.


Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt

  1. and G. Grant, Scotland

Pale golden colour with brown tinges. Smells of herbs and spices dominate the nose. In the mouth, cereal flavours mixed with sherry oak contributions render this 55 per cent ABV smooth and very appealing.
700 ml. $ 106.95

Obstbrand (apple and pear eau-de-vie)
J.Hoermann, Bavaria, Germany
Poached pear and apple puree aromas dominate the nose, buttressed with a little saline flavour.
Dry, but smooth, elegant and refines. Serve chilled with baked apples, or pour into an aromatic Colombian cup of coffee.
500 ml./ $ 29.95

Also recommended

Moscato Oro Grappa, Poli, Friuli, Italy
700 ml., $ 79.95

Us – 1 Small Batch Whiskey, Richer, Kentucky, U.S.A.
$ 92.95

Specialty product

Mead Royale Honey Wine, 2014, Rosewood Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
This barrel-aged mead offers pear, and rich honey aromas. Medium bodied and medium sweet with a nutty flavour in the mid-palate.
Mead is popular in Central European countries and British Isles.
500 ml., $ 16.95

Fortified wines

Forte, 2007, Generation Wine Company, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
This cabernet/merlot blend from a very successful vintage was created by A. Jackson, the co-founder of Jackson-Triggs winery that was sold to Constellation Brands some time ago.
Allan loves port and created this “tawny” style fortified wine.
Refreshing fruitiness and layered flavours in the mouth make this wine pleasant. enjoy with unsalted nuts after an extended family gathering.
500 ml. $ 16.95

East India Solera Sherry, Emilio Lustau, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
500 ml., $ 24.95

Dessert wine

Vidal Icewine, 2013, Pondview Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Golden colour. Loaded with citrus, peach and apricot aromas. Well balanced and deeply flavoured. An excellent wine to enjoy with dried fruits, or with seasonal berries, or on its own instead of dessert.
200 ml., $ 19.95

Sparkling wines

Blanc de Blancs, Gloria Ferrer, Carneros, California
Offers apple ad lime aromas. Light and refreshing with soupcon of spice in the mouth.
$ 34.95

Also recommended

Vintage Brut Rose Champagne, 2014, Veuve Cliquot, Champagne, France
$ 102.95

Filodora Brut Prosecco, Tommasi, Veneto, Italy
$ 16.95

Brut nature Rose, Sidanio de Sousa, Portugal
$ 17.95

Brut Reserva Heredad, Cava, Segura Viudas, Pênedes, Spain
$ 29.95

White wines

Saunders vineyard Chardonnay, 2012, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula
Pale yellow. Appealing floral/fruity aromas emanate from the glass. Excellent balance of acidity and alcohol. Sublime in taste and texture.
$ 44.95

Private Reserve Chardonnay, 2013, Beringer, Napa Valley, California
Golden colour. Boasts of pear, melon and citrus aromas. A complex and layered wine with noticeable toasty oak flavour. Long finish
$ 44.95

Pouilly Fume, 2014, Domaine de Bellevue, Loire Valley, France
Pale yellow with greenish hues. Intense aromas of grapefruit, peas and asparagus emanate from the glass. In the mouth the wine is `juicy`. An excellent balance of acidity and residual sugar makes this wine perfect for sipping, or with light dishes of pasta with cream sauce, sautéed pork, veal and chicken breast Sandeman.
$ 24.95

Also recommended

Sauvignon blanc Touraine, 2014, Thierry Delauney, Loire valley, France
$ 14.95

Mont de Milieu Chablis Premier Cru, 2010, Domaine Billaud-Simon, Chablis, Burgundy, France
$ 44.95

Au Champ Salomon Marsannay, 2013, Domaine Charles Andoin, Burgundy, France
$ 49.95

Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay, 2013, Closson Chase winery, Prince Edward county, Ontario
$ 27.95

Unplugged Chardonnay, 2013, Flat Rock winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$ 16.95

Red wines

Cabernet sauvignon, 2013, Robert Mondovi, Napa valley, California
brilliant purplish red. Offers cassis and stone fruit aromas. The mouth feel is layered, full bodied, and tannic. Long aftertaste.
Cellar for five to six years minimum for more refinement. Pair with roast game, grilled steaks, roast rib of beef, old chesses, and game pates or terrines.
Magnum format $ 70.95

Capitel San Rocco ripasso Valpolicella superiore, 2013, Tedeschi, Veneto, Italy
Dark red. Aromatic, sapid, flavoursome, full bodied. The wine was aged ont eh lees of amarone wines. Excellent balance and depth. Long aftertaste.
Magnum $ 44.95

Vinhas Velhas Grande Reserva, 2012, Castello d’Alba, Douro valley, Portugal
Brilliant dark red. Ripe stone fruit aromas shine on the nose. In the mouth the wine tastes intense with juicy acidity. Powerful and deeply flavoured with a long aftertaste. Cellar for four to five years for more refinement.
$ 22.95

Also recommended

Cabernet sauvignon, 2013, decoy, Sonoma County, California
$ 35.95

Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, j.Lohr, Paso Robles, California
Magnum $ 44.95

Zinfandel 2013, McManus, Lodi, California
$ 19.95

Deux vert vineyard pinot noir, 2010, Biggio Hamina,
Willamette valley, Oregon, U.S.A
$ 60.95

tempranillo, 2011, Zuccardi Q Mendoza Argentina
$ 19.95

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