Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s October 25 Vintages Release Recommendations


It seems that Vintages management thinks that increasing bi-weekly offerings a few weeks before Christmas will lessen traffic in stores before the main “event”.

People are notorious for waiting to the absolute last minutes to purchase alcoholic beverages.

This release offers several wines form Italy, Argentina, the U.S.A (especially California), France, and Australia.

Surprisingly, out of four Ontario white wines on the list, three were available to taste. The three that were offered had no price.

As usual red wines dominated the release.
While there are several fine wines, some seem to be out of proportion to value.
Yet, the drinking public seems to be willing to pay.


Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength 10 Years Old Highland Single malt Scotch Whisky

  1. and G. Grant, Scotland United Kingdom

This dramatic, high-strength assertive Scotch offers a depth, full flavours, and long finfish.
06677047, $ 83.95

Signet Highland Malt

Glenmorangie, Scotland, United Kingdom
The attractive packaging sends an unmistakable message before you even pour the Scotch in the glass.
A few drops of water will bring out spice, and dried fruit aromas. It is deficiently a complex spirit with a satisfying and long finish.
0327452, $ 329.95

Oro di Mazetti Grappa, Mazzetti d’altravilla, Piedmonte, Italy
This old grappa distillery has taken the next step up to make grappa a luxury product by including edible gold flakes. The grappa itself is aromatic and deeply flavoured.
0256057, No price given

Sparkling wine

Cuvee des Moines Brut Champagne, Besserat de Bellefon, Champagne, France
A fine acid-backboned champagne with a streak if minerality. Light, with fine perlage and refined texture.
0724955, $ 54.95

The Y Series Viognier, 2013, Yalumba, South Australia
Golden colour. Fruity and floral with an excellent balance of acidity and alcohol. Refined and elegant.
0624502, $ 16.95

Kessler Pinot Gris 2010, Domaines Schlumberger, Alsace, France
Deep, brilliant yellow. Off dry with rich and complex mouth fell. Flavours of ripe peach and apricot dominate the palate. A fine wine that is ready to enjoy.
0249623, $ 216.95

Also recommended

Reserve Chardonnay, 2012, Cakebread, Carneros, Napa Valley, California
0070763, No price

Far Niente Chardonnay, 2012, Nickel and Nickel, Napa valley, California
0539130, $ 77.95

Meursault, 2011, Jean Gagnerot, Burgundy, France
0390369, $ 57.95

Red wines

Quantum, 2010, Beringer, Napa Valley, California
Brilliant red in colour. This Bordeaux-style blend of mainly cabernet sauvignon, with sprinklings of merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and syrah smells of violets, spices and dark berries. Well balanced and powerful. Can be cellared for up to eight years, but is ready to enjoy with flavourful foods.
0362400, $ 69.95

Bishop Shiraz, 2012, Ben Glaetzer, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Dark purple in colour. Blueberry, vanilla and roasted coffee bean aromas greet the nose. An intense, well-structured, smooth, balanced wine with soft tannins and long aftertaste.
0627869, No price

Passion, 2010, Arrocal, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Ruby colour. Dark ripe berry aromas dominate the nose. In the mouth the wine shows its character with balance, texture, power and subdued spiciness. Ready to enjoy. Can be cellared for two to three more years.
0383968, $ 23.95

Also recommended

Beaune Theurons Premier Cru, 2009, L. Jadot, Burgundy
0042838, $ 58.95

Bordon Gran Reserva, 2005, Bodegas Franco-Espanol, Rioja, Spain
0114454, no price

Le Py Morgon, 2012, Cave de Vignerons, Beaujolais, France
0383760, $ 19.95

Chateau Cantenac Brown, 2010, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
0259424, No price

Claystoen Terraced Pinto N oir, 20112, les Clos Joredanne, Niagara Peninsula, Ontrario, Canada
0033951, No price