Wine

Professor B's November 24 2012 Release Picks.

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Vintages’ buyers seem to have gone out of their ways to locate special wines for the upcoming festive season.

In this massive release, there are many wines that would please even seasoned wine drinkers, but many of the reds require cellaring for a few years. You can drink them now with rich foods, but cellaring will increase your drinking pleasure

Spirits

Glendronach Allardice 18 year old Highland Single Malt Scotch
Spicy, smooth mouth feel. Sherry cask aged for extra smoothness. Faultless and amazing whisky.
92/100
0288233, $ 139.95

Liqueur

Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centcinquantenaire, Marnier-Lapostolle
A super, aged cognac based liqueur invented by Marnier. Orange zest and tangerine flavours, along with very smooth texture make this liqueur irresistible.
94/100
0094649, $ 239.95

Fortified wine

Vintage Port, 2000, Smith Woodhouse, Portugal
Aromas of blackberries and flowers waft out of the glass. Full bodied, and finely balanced port with an excellent finish.
93/100
0140277, $ 79.95

Dessert wines

Serelle Vin Santo del Chianti, 2008, Ruffino, Tuscany, Italy
This is an off dry vin santo with lovely orange zest and tea aromas. Most suitable for sharp cheeses, or on its own after an extended gastronomic meal.
93/100
0001008, 375 ml. $ 24.95

Proprietor’s Grand Reserve Gewurztraminer Icewine, 2007, Jackson-Triggs Winery Ontairo
An absolutely delicious and delightful wine exuding dried tropical fruit aromas. It sweet but extremely well balanced due to its acidity. A superb finish.
94/100
0193326 200ml $ 34.95

Champagne

Grand Cuvee brut, Krug et Cie. Champagne, France
Krug is one of the finest champagne producers. This wine was disgorged in 2000 and offers apple/pear aromas and flavours of orange peel. Light, elegant and refined with an outstanding perlage and citrus finish.
94/100
0038562, $ 271.95

Also recommended

Cremant de Bourgogne, 2008, Dufouleur Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France

White wines

White, 2009, Stratus, Niagara peninsula Ontario
This blend of 32 per cent Semillon, 31 sauvignon blanc, 18 chardonnay, 15 viognier, and 4 gewurztraminer has a phenomenal nose of orange blossoms, apricots, apples, and toasty oak. Dry, smooth and with layers of intriguing flavours. Long and excellent finish.
92/100
0660704, $ 44.20

Frasca’s Lane Chardonnay, 2009, Nugan, Victoria, Austrlia
Vibrant yellow-green colour. Aromas of pineapple and grapefruit with spicy undertones, excellent finish. Good value.
92/100
0288191, $ 18.95

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico, 2011, Castel Sole, Marches, Italy
Pale lemon colour. Pear, apple and spring flower aromas. Dry, medium bodied with fine acid backbone. Good value
90/100
0287847, $ 15.95

Also recommended

Le Grand Clos Chardonnay, 2009, Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
0034561 $ 65.00

Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Premiere Cru, 2008, P. Colin, Burgundy, France
0299933, $ 69.95

Red Wines

Les Grand Clos Pinot Noir, 2209, Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
From the prime lot of the vineyard of the winery, this is the most complex pinot noir of the establishment. Delicate, elegant, and powerful. Excellent cherry/currant aromas with tongue caressing texture.
92/100
0034553, $ 75.00

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Dunn Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
A remarkable wine from old and low yield vines. Packed with dark fruit, asphalt and liquorice aromas. Excellent mouths feel and balance. Cellar for ten years. 93/100
0193763, $ 99.95

Insignia, 2008, Joseph Phelps, Napa Valley, California
A wine of superlatives. Aromas of blackberries, spices and leather waft out of the glass. Full bodied and impeccable balanced. Requires cellaring for at least ten years.
93/100
0710400, $ 224.95

Mazanno Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2004, Agricola Masi, Veneto, Italy
Silky, but powerful muscular texture. Dried stone fruit aromas, spice and nut flavours emerge in the mouth. Enjoyable, but can be cellared for a decade or longer.
92/100
0215764, $ 99.95

Also recommended

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2008, Tomassi, Veneto, Italy 0297994, Magnum $ 99.95
Chianti Classico, 2009, Castello Volpaia, Tuscany, Italy
0953828, $ 23.95
Sassicaia, 2009, Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
0480533 $ 179.95
Ornellaia, 2009, Tenuta de Ornellaia, Tuscany, Italy
0722470, $ 189.95
Chateau De Beaucastel Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2010, Vigneron Pierre Perrin
Cotes Du Rhone, France
0711317, $ 89.95
Chateau Haut-Bertinerie Elegance, 2009, Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
0295857, $ 18.95
Dry Farming Carignan, 2009, Santa Carolina, Chile
0213520, $ 15.95

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