Professor B’s October 13 Vintages Release Picks.


This large release includes a good number of wines from Victoria, Australia.

Here are my recommendations:


Grappa di Brunello, Col D` Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
Col D“Orcia is a small quality oriented Brunello producer. This smooth, fruity and earthy grappa is worth its price for all who enjoy this type of distillate.
0299263 500 ml $ 61.95

Pastis, Henri Bardouin, Marseille, France
An excellent pastis from a traditional producer, with plenty of anis aromas, and focused soft texture. Enjoy on the rocks with a dollop of water and watch it turn milk white.
0951368 700 ml $ 37.95

White wines

Felscek Vineyard Chardonnay, 2009, Hidden Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
A wonderfully rich wine smelling of apples, nectarines, and toast. Powerful, elegant, creamy and refreshing
Great with seafood pastas, medallion of pork in a cream sauce, provimi veal cutlet with vegetables and herbs.
0276261, $ 38.00

Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay, 20111, Casa Lapostolle, Chile
This organically grown single vineyard chardonnay is impressive with fresh apple aromas and toasty oak. Well balanced, creamy with a long finish. Excellent value.
0947937, $ 24.95

Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Luis Felipe Edwards, Chile
Intense gooseberry, asparagus and tropical fruit aromas waft out oft eh glass.
Medium bodied with intense herbaceous and citrus flavours. Refreshing. Long aftertaste.
Good value.
0663062, $ 16.95

Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese, 2010, Dr. Thanish, Mosel, Germany
Honeydew, melon, cherry and fresh lime aromas dominate. Refreshing, although sweet, high acidity balances the wine perfectly. A superb wine that represents good value.
0295667, $ 24.95

Also highly recommended are:

Semi Dry Muscat Lunel, 2009, Pannon , Tokaji, Hungary
0295691, $ 12.95

Falanghina, 2010, Terredora, Italy
0642074, $ 14.95

Red wines

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Grgich Hills Estates, Napa Valley, California
Aromas of dark berries and chocolate greet the nose. Full bodied, silky, well-structured and deeply flavoured with an excellent finish.
0071407, $ 74.95

Benchlands Pinot Noir, 2008, Brandborg, Oregon
Oregon produces outstanding pinot noirs due to its remarkably sutiable terroir.,
Aromas of ripe berries with bright mineral highlights waft out of the glass. A well-balanced, silky smooth, refined and elegant wine.
0295238, $ 28.95

Jones Block Shiraz, 2009, Paxton, South Australia
Garnet-purple colour and intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries and spices dominate the nose. The wine is intense, full bodied and offers a range of flavours. Excellent spicy finish. Enjoy with steaks, stews, and hard sausages.
0149914, $ 32.95

Also recommended are:

Yabby lake Pinot Noir, 2010, Red Claw, Victoria, Australia
029670, No price provided

Vinho Tinto, 2009, Quinta Dos Rogues, Dao, Portugal
0986075, $ 15.95

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