Professor B's September 1 Vintages Release Picks.


The huge release of September 1 offers a number of high-end champagnes, one port wine, and two Scotch whiskies, two aperitifs and one dessert wine.

Scotch whisky

Glenfarclas 12-year-old Highland single malt
A well rounded, smooth, and flavourful single Scotch. On the palate, spicy, salty, and toasty oak flavours become evident.
029061, One litre $ 69.95

Dessert wine

Muscat of Samos, Kourtaki, Greece
The island of Samos, in the Aegean Sea is famous for its fragrant wines. This muscat has a floral smell, and smells of honeycomb, nougat, and apricot. Well-balanced and seamless in texture. Enjoy with seasonal ripe berries, stone fruits, biscuits, pies, and Middle Eastern pastries.
0938407, $ 14.95


Cristal Brut, 2005, L. Roederer, Champagne, France
Cristal was the world’s first prestige cuvee, created in 1876. The Russian court and nobility before the 1917 revolution were the best customers. At the time, the bottle was crystal, appealing, and prestigious.
Excellent, fruity, “biscuity”, rich and toasty champagne that lives up to its world famous reputation. Light, refined and superbly balanced.
0268755, $ 286.95

Brut, 2004, Piper-Heidsieck, Champagne, France
There are many Heidsieck champagne producers (Heidsieck Monopole, Charles Heidsieck), but this one is known for its consistent quality and reasonable prices.
Rich and toasty. Offers brioche, poached apple and pear flavours. Harmonious with excellent, fine perlage. Good value.
0281337, $ 75.95

White Wines

Antica Chardonnay, 2010, Antinori Family Estate,Napa Valley, California
The Napa valley is better known for its cabernet sauvignon but the Antinori team (from Tuscany in Italy) has been successful in producing a chardonnay that smell of flowers, and spices, and tastes of minerals. Crisp and fruit-driven, full bodied with a long and satisfying finish.
0290536, $ 35.95

La Masia Don Miguel Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008, Marimar Estate, Sonoma County, California
The Torres family from Catalonia in Spain is one of the largest wineries of Europe. Marimar, the daughter, owns the estate, and named the wine after her brother Miguel
An elegant, powerful, acid-driven wine with mineral flavours. Shows a lot of finesse. Would be excellent with poached halibut with sauce Hollandaise, or filet of sole a la Meuniere, pan-fried salmon, or spaghetti with smoked salmon. Good value.
0270090, $ 25.95

Pouilly Fume, 2010, Domaine de fines Caillottes, Domaine Jean Pabotet, Loire France
A terrific sauvignon blanc offering aromas of straw, mown grass and grapefruit. Dry, zesty, and refreshing, medium-bodied with a long finish.
0695908, $ 21.95

Red wines

Pinot Noir, Lailey, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Charming. Smells of exotic spices, and berries. Tastes of cherries and beetroot. Mid-weight, creamy and dry. Caresses the tongue, as a fine pinot noir should. Good value.
0591404, $ 24.95

Brunello die Montalcino, 2006, Fattoria dei Brbi, Tuscany, Italy
Fattoria in Tuscany means an estate that provides all the necessities for sustenance. This 400-hectare estate produces salami, cheese, wheat, and wine, and has been in operation for a few centuries.
This is an elegant, understated, traditional Brunello exuding cherry, tobacco, liquorice and new leather aromas. Refined and elegant.
Enjoy with a medium-rare bistecca Fiorentina from Chianina cattle. Vibrant wine with an excellent finish.
0928028, $ 41.95

Black label Shiraz/Viognier, 2009, Alkoomi, Western Australia
Western Australia’s shiraz tastes distinctly different than those from South Australia further east.
This blend has a medium to deep garnet colour and offers mulberry, and Morello cherry aromas. Mid-weight with an excellent mouthfeel, good acidity and velvety tannins. Long finish. Enjoy with beef or game stews, rich pates or terrines, cold cuts, roast beef, or medium-rare steaks. Excellent value
0203166, $ 21.95