Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s November 22 Vintages Release Recommendations


This is release is so huge (more than 180 wines and spirits) that wine writers had to taste them during two sessions.
Since it id short before Christmas, several expensive were included, some of which taste great, but seem to be overpriced. A lot of teh expensive reds need to be cellaring.

If you can afford, but some of those recommended, and cellar them in a properly designed cellar at a constant temperature of 12 – 13 C.
If you don’t own a cellar, you can rent in specialized establishments space to cellar your wines.
Surprisingly only a few of the sprits were made available for us to taste.
This is the penultimate release of 2014, and I recommend that you stickup for the festive season.
Wines should be “rested” before consumption.
Pending on vintage decant red wines before enjoyment, and above all, serve any wine at the correct temperature.

Dessert wines

Szamorodni Sweet Tokaji , 2009, Pucklus Pinceszet, Tokaji, Hungary
A decadent sweet, honeyed, well balanced and intense wine that should be enjoyed with fresh ripe fruit salads, or fruit pastries.
0179374, 500 ml bottle, no price

Six Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu, 2005, Dereszla, Tokaji, Hungary
Dried citrus and orange peel aromas dominate the complex nose. An outstanding, intense, balanced sweet wine. Enjoy on its own to contemplate its delicacy, refinement and flavour.
0393132, 500 ml. $ 68.95


Grappa di Pinot Noir, Pilzer, Alto Adige, Italy
Smells of flowers and spices. Herbal notes noticeable in the mouth. Smooth and refines.
0393595, 700 ml. $ 63.95

Grappa Di Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido, Tuscany, Italy
The winery ships the skins of pressed grapes to Poli Distillery for processing.
An outstanding, smooth and flavour grappa.
0175794, 500 ml $ 127.95

Sparkling wines

Brut Rose, 2004, Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
Bright pink rose. An impeccably balanced and mid-weight, flavourful sparkling wine with subtle and elegant effervescence.
0588475, $ 99.95

Brut, 2004, Laurent Perrier, Champagne, France
Light bright colour. Citrus aromas underlined by buttered toast and mineral flavours. A precise wine tasting of lemons and pears.
0983874, $ 84.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2013, Fielding Estate Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Pale straw colour. Toasty and buttery with a hint of caramel. The mouth feel is crisp and focused. Well balanced with a long aftertaste.
0355842, $ 21.95

Chardonnay, 2012, Pahlmeyer. Sonoma County, California, U.S.A
A spectacular, powerful, bright yellow wine. Aromas of hazelnuts, citrus and tropical fruits dominate the nose.
Although high in alcohol, there is enough extract to carry the weight of the alcohol. Long and intense finish. An excellent food wine.
0147454, $ 96.95

Trittenheimer Apotheke Auslese, 2012, Bollig-Lehnert, Mosel, Germany
Intense, bright yellow colour. Intense honeyed citrus flavours. Sweet, but well balanced with racy acidity. Excellent finish. Enjoy on its own, or fruit desserts or Thai specialties.
0392324, $ 23.95

Also recommended

Bella terra chardonnay, 2011, Pondview, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
0347922, $ 24.95

Home ranch chardonnay, 2012, Sbragia, Sonoma County, Califonia, USA
0052722, $ 42.95

Chardonnay, 2012, Buehler, Sonoma County, California, USA
0391888, no price

Sancerre, 2013, Pascal Jolivet, Loire Valley, France
0264945, $ 29.95

Red wines

Black pepper shiraz, 1998, barossa valley estates, south australia
Intense purple colour. A complex, intense, fruity, powerful wine. In the mouth black pepper flavours are noticeable. Full bodied with an excellent balance. A superb wine for flavourful game and beef dishes and aged cheeses.
0731620, $ 89.95

Insignia, 2011, Joseph Phelps, Napa Valley, California, USA
A blend of 82 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 11 petit verdot, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc.
Deep ruby purple colour, aromas of mint, currants and tobacco leaf, with an unusual intensity. A rich intense, complex, balanced, full bodied wine.
cellar for 8 – 12 years for more refinement.
if you decide to drink it now, pair it with roast larded whole filet of beef, sauce bearnaise, or sauce bordolaise, game specialties, aged cheeses (parmeggiano regiano, gruyere, asiago)
0710400, $ 258.9

Lealtanza crianza, 2011, Bodegas Altanza, Rioja, Spain
Intense bright red. Aromas of dark red berries, cedar, and smoke dominate the nose. Full bodied, smooth, balanced, intense with a fine acid backbone. A bargain at this price.
0114835, $ 17.95

Also recommended

Proporcion madremia, 2011, Bodegas Divina, Toro, Spain
0393116, $ 29.95

Campolongo di torbe amarone della valpolicella, 2007, Agricola Masi, Veneto, Italy
0548677, $ 101.95

Brunello di montalcino, 2009, Tenuta la Fuga, Tuscany, Itlaty
0212837, $ 44.95

Sassicaia, 2011, Tenuta san Guido, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
0480533, $ 199.95

Cusumano noa, 2011, Tenuta Presti e Pegu, Sicily, Italy
0109512, $ 22.95

Brunello di montalcino, 2008, Fattoria dei Barbi, Tuscany, Italy
0928028, $ 49.95

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