Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s October 11 Vintages Release Recommendations


This is the largest Vintages release ever, with over 130 items.
Canadian, French, California and Italian wines constitute a large part of this release.
Some of the wines represent good value, while others show well but are overpriced.
I factor in price/value relation in my recommendations.
It is well known that wine price must not be equated to superior quality, or enjoyment.


Morello Kirsch Eau-de-Vie, G.E. Massenez, Alsace, France
From one of the oldest, and best fruit brandy distillers in Alsace, this kirsch of Morello cherries and is intense. It is smooth, most enjoyable with a long aftertaste.
Enjoy chilled after a fine meal.
0368126, $ 49.95

Riserva Grappa Botti Di Madeira, Sibona, Piedmont, Italy
Finished in old Madeira barrels, this grappa offers up citrus and spice underlined with herbal and nutty flavours. Smooth and heavenly.
0285716, 500 ml. $ 54.95

Grand Champagne XO Cognac, Delamain, Cognac, France
This aromatic, smooth, elegant, and light cognac from the best (chalkiest soils) of Cognac smells and tastes extraordinary.
No price, or code provided.


Extree Premium Espresso Coffee Liqueur, Bepi Tosolini, Friuli, Italy
This small quality-oriented distillery in Friuli specializes in exotic grappas and liqueurs.
The intensity and long aftertaste of this Arabica coffee flavoured liqueur is legendary.
0385708, 700 ml. $ 38.95

Dessert wine

Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos, 2007, Zobory Pince, Tokaji hegjalya, Hungary
An absolutely delightful, apricot coloured, intense, fruity Tokaji sourced from vineyards rich in volcanic soils. It is complex, well balanced, and highly enjoyable.
0382606, 500 ml. $ 49.9

Sparklign wine

Brut Silver, Pommery, Champagne, France
Dry, light, toasty with an excellent chalky nuance. Long aftertaste. Ready to enjoy.
0385161, $ 58.95

White Wines

Chardonnay, 2011, Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Offers distinct apple/pear aromas, mineralogy, and intensity.
It is creamy, and well balanced. Enjoyable now, but can be cellared for 3 – 4 years for further refinement.
0033910, $40.00

Riesling Grand Cru Kessler, 2009, Domaines Schlumberger, Alsace, France
An excellent example of Alsace Riesling with intensity and weight. Crisp, bone dry with a long aftertaste.
0061176, $ 26.95

Chardonnay, 2012, Conca de Barbera, Spain
Torres, a large and reputable Spanish winery from Catalonia, is now expanding to other Spanish regions, and other countries. This excellent chardonnay from Conca de Barbera (100 km north and west of Barcelona) is good proof that chardonnay in Spain can taste as fine and intense as in any other famous chardonnay-growing region.
Nor price or number provided.

Also recommended

Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay, 2012, Nk’Mip Winery, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
0391813, $ 22.95

Puilly Fuisse, 2012, Domaine Les Vieux Murs, Burgundy,
0241117, $ 26.95

Altenburg Gewürztraminer, 2013, Andre Blanck et ses Fils, Alsace, France
0168906, $ 19.95

Cuvee Les Caillotes Sancerre, 2012, Jean-Max Roger, Loire, France
0065573, $ 25.95

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, 2012, Studert-Prum, Mosel, Germany
0912659, $ 28.95

Red wines

Lytton Springs, 2012, Ridge Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
A masterful blend of zinfandel, petite syrah, carignan, and mourvedre. Powerful, well structured, intense, and superbly balanced.
0982413, $ 52.95

Chateau Pichon-Longueville, 2006, Baron de Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Inky purple in colour, aromas of cassis and smoked meats dominate the nose. Full-bodied, balanced, still tannic, but potentially excellent. Cellar for 5 – 6 years for extra “rewards”.
0565507, $ 165.00

Le Bessole Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2007, Igino Accordini, Veneto, Italy
Dense, intense, concentrated and offers blackberry and cherry aromas. On the palate you can detect prune and liquorice flavours. Layered flavours, with a long satisfying afetrtaste.
0651570, $ 49.95

Aslo recommended

Dourosa, 2011, Quinta de la Rose, Douro Valley, Portugal
0146233, $ 15.95

Le Serre Nuove Dell Ornellaia, 2012, Ornellaia Winery, Tuscany, Italy
0606194, $ 59.95

Ciabot Tanasio Barolo, 2009, Sobrero, Piedmont, Italy
0286070, $ 37.95

Tower Shiraz, 2011, Chateau Tanunda, South Australia
0289983, $ 18.95

Shiraz, 2011, Pirramimma, Mc Laren Vale, South Australia
0987784, $ 24.95

Red Tail merlot, 2012, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
0131540, $ 19.95

Pinot Noir, Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard, 2011, Le Clos Jordanne Winery, Niagara Penisula, Ontario, Canada
0033902, $ 45.00

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