Wine

Professor B's October 27 Vintages Release Picks.

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The Vintages division of the L C B O once again selected a number of fie alcoholic beverages for Ontarians who are willing to titillate their palates and who are able to pay for the privilege. Yet there are also some very affordable wines that can be considered bargains despite the enormous mark up that the government – owned institution imposes on all alcoholic beverages

Spirit

Ten-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey, Masterson, Canada, Bottled in the USA.
Note the spelling. In Canada, whisky is spelled without an “è”, yet this one is spelled with an “è” as Americans and Irish do. The reason for this lies in the fact that this whisky was produced in Canada but bottled in the USA.
This smooth whisky smells of earth, dry grain, and dry rye. Faintly floral aromas envelope the nose. The palate is complex and smooth, with a range of flavours. It finishes nicely and without the telltale sign of burning the throat.
93/100
0289488, $ 109.95

Sparkling wine

Grand Vintage Brut Champagne, 2002, Moet et Chandon
An excellent champagne that is intensely concentrated, possesses considerable minerality, grapefruit and apple aromas. It can be cellared for another five years, but can be enjoyed now.
91/100
0069773, $ 81.95

White Wines

Chardonnay, 2010, Far Niente, Napa Valley, California
This winery specializes in chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, blends. This chardonnay emanates attractive, intense, buttery, apple and citrus aromas. Full bodied, with layers of flavours including toasty oak. Long aftertaste.
91/100
0539130, $ 74.95

Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Jules Taylor, New Zealand
Pale straw colour. bright lime, gooseberry and herbal aromas. Smooth and viscous mouth feel. Long and refreshing aftertaste.
90/100
0224428, $ 19.95

Cuvee Tradition Blanc, 2011, Mas De Bressades, Costieres de Nimes, France
This robust, full bodied, aromatic and well-balanced wine is a blend of Grenache blanc and roussanne.
Would be superb with a fine brie, or ripe Camembert or even Crottin de Chavignole.
Good value
90/100
0701094, $ 14.95

Also recommended are the following white wines:

Red Slate Riesling, 2011, Dr Loosen, Mosel, Germany
90/100
0295923, $ 19.95
Chardonnay, 2009, Seresin, New Zealand
91/100
0019190, $ 24.95

Red Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Napa Valley, California
Brilliant dark ruby colour. Fresh aromas of blue berries, cassis, and herbs waft out of the glass. Velvety texture with chocolate flavours due to aging in charred barrels. Long aftertaste.
92/100
0091058, $ 39.95

Clos De Los Siete, 2009, Mendoza, Argentina
Ripe, succulent and impeccably balanced, full bodied wine. This is a malbec wine at its best vented by Michel Rolland, the famous Bordeaux wien consultant.
90/100
0622571, $ 21.95

Limited Selection Pinot Noir, 2010, Montes, Casablanca valley, Chile
Aurelio Montes, the owner and chief winemaker of Montes Properties, is known for his powerful red wines.
This pinot noir represents an exception in being light and elegant with plum and cherry aromas. Excellent, fined mouth feel, with a fine finish.
Good value.
90/100
0037937, $ 14.95

Also recommended:

Geyserville, 2010, Ridge 92/100 0,
0723072, $ 48.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Spring Mountain,
92/100
0291138, $ 39.95 375 ml

Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 91/100,
0708982, $ 51.95

Fincas Las Palmas Malbec, 2007, Trapiche, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
91/100
0186668, $ 17.95

Chateau Teyssier, 2009, St. Emilion,
91/100
0303784, $ 39.95

Hauts De Pontet Canet, 2009, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France,
92/100
0195271, $ 54.85

 

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