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Professor B’s Vintages April 27 Release Recommendations.

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The Vintages division of the L C B O features two less known category products that consumers can take advantage of.
They are in-store, discovery (only featured in class AAA stores) and On Line offers published on the L C B O web site.
Both offer some very fine wines at great prices.

This release seems to be a little weak in white wiens, but very extensive in reds.

Spirits

Armagnac XO, Larresingle
Aromas of orange peel, tea, nectarine and peach pie waft out of the glass. Intense, balanced and generous. Enjoy after an extended meal.
89/100
0324657, $ 99.95

Sake

Sugidama Junmai Ginjo Sake, Murai Family Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Sake comes in various quality categories. Junmai Ginjo is a premium category and it shows in this sake’s purity, crystalline focus on rice flavours and pure water. Serve cool but not cold.
90/100
0314310, 300ml $ 14.95

Dessert Wine

Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Antolini, Veneto, Italy
Recioto, made from the upper lobes of ripe bunches using rondinella corvine Veronese, and rondinella predates amarone for centuries. Rich plumy and chocolaty taste is a revelation. An outstanding wine that needs to be savoured in good appreciative company.
93/100
0135533, 500ml. $ 28.95

White wines

Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Eradus, New Zealand
Located in the north of the South island of new Zealand, this sauvignon blanc offers vibrant melon and green pepper flavours with remarkable freshness and intensity. Excellent with sautéed white-fleshed fish.
90/100
0225557, $ 17.00

La Chapelle Des Augustines Sancerre, 2010, Henri Bourgeois, Loire, France
Sauvignon blanc produces fruity wines with good acidity and balance. This pineapple and herbaceous sauvignon blanc should be enjoyed with shrimps in cream sauce, butter poached lobster tail, poached salmon with chive mayonnaise.
90/100
0322628, $ 29.95

Also recommended

Gewurztraminer, 2012, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada 89
0275958, $ 21.95

Red wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, California, U S A
Fully ripened fruit offers cassis, black and blueberry aromas, complemented with toasty oak flavours. Powerful, rich, well extracted with a long satisfying finish.
Cellar for four to five years for additional complexity.
92/100
0071407, $ 74.95

Pinot Noir, 2012, Champ de Reves, Anderson Valley, California,U S A
California’s Anderson Valley is cool, but ripens pinot noir perfectly. This focused wine exudes strawberry and cherry aromas. It is pure, medium-bodied, balanced and wraps around the tongue beautifully.
92/100
0317883, $ 46.95

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2010, Domaine de Saint Siffrein, Cotes du Rhone, France.
This grenache based Chateauneuf du Pape augmented with syrah, mourvedre, and cinsault exhibits raspberry, garigue, and liquorice aromas. Intense, well balanced and full bodied with an excellent and long finish.
Enjoy with game roasts, medium-rare grilled steaks, and old cheeses.
91/100
0169771, $ 41.95

Also recommended

Triomphe Cabernet franc, 2011, South Brook Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario Canada
90/100
0275958, $ 21.95

Dominus Napanook, 2009, Christian Moueix, Napa valley, California, U S A
92/100
0212357, $ 66.95

Non- Filtre Beaujolais Village, 2011, Domaine Manoir de Carra, Burgundy, France
90/100
0320861, No price provided

San Jacopo Chianti Classico, 2011, Vichiomaggio, Tuscany, Italy
90/100
0710194, $ 19.95

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2 Comments

  1. California’s Anderson Valley is cool, but ripens pinot noir perfectly. This focused wine exudes strawberry and cherry aromas. It is pure, medium-bodied, balanced and wraps around the tongue beautifully.

  2. Prof. B is never short of ideas! I can’t live without wine and not just any wine but the very finest thanks to you Professor B.
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