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Professor B's Vintages December 8 Release Picks.

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This massive release offers very fine wines, some of which represent outstanding value.

Spirits:

The Balvenie Portwood 21 years Old Speyside Single Malt
Amber in colour. Complex aromas of spicy poached pears and peach dominate. Smooth with great depth and balance. A very fine Scotch.
92/100
050090, $ 244.95

Tignanello Grappa, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany
Generally, grappa offers little aromatically. This one, distilled from the skins of grapes of Tignanello wine is smooth, elegant, aromatic and refined.
93/100
0018820, 500 ml $ 84.95

Fortified wine

L B V (Late Bottled Vintage) 2007, Offley, Douro Valley, Portugal
Dried fruit aromas waft out of the glass. Excellent balance and length. A superb wine to enjoy now or cellar for two to three years.
92/100
0070086, $ 19.95

Champagne Brut Reserve, Taittinger, Champagne, France
Dry with layers of flavours and intense perlage. Elegant and refined. Superbly suited fro any occasion, including “another day of life”.
91/100
0814723, $ 59.95

White wines

Oregon Chardonnay, 2010, Bachelder, Ontario
Bachelder worked in Oregon, Niagara and Burgundy. He knows all three regions well. The fruit of this wine originates in Oregon and was finished in Ontario.
Reach and green apple and spice aromas dominate the nose. Medium weight. Excellent balance, length and finish.
91/100
0273334, $ 29.95

Lodge Hill Riesling, 2011, Jim Barry, South Australia
This pale green riesling offers citrus and apple aromas. It is perfectly balanced and possesses and excellent mouth feel.
92/100
0262469, $ 19.95

Chenin Blanc, 2006, Kanu KCB, South Africa
Chenin blanc is he signature grape of the Loire Valley. It grows well in South Africa and this mouth-watering version smells of Granny Smith apples. In the mouth it is crisp, rich in flavours, with a fine acid backbone.
90/100
0907089, $ 14.95

Also recommended:

Tokaji Aszu 3 puttonyos, 2007, Puklus Pinceszet, Hungary
90/100
0980805, 500 ml $ 20.95

Brachetto D’Aqui, Balbi Soprani, Piedmont, Italy
89/100
0298570, $ 16.95

Wild Ferment Chardonnay, 2011, Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch, Victoria, Australia
90/100
0298380, $ 35.95

Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Spatlese, 2009, Reichsrat von Buhl, Rheingau, Germany
90/100
0946673, $ 24.95

Pinot Grigio, 2011, Fausto Maculan, Veneto, Italy
90/100
0734921, $ 13.95

Red wines:

Syrah, 2009, Burrowing owl, Okanagan valley, British Columbia, Canada
This is a powerful wine with 15 per cent ABV, but so well extracted and balanced you don’t feel it. Black cherry aromas, chocolate and liquorice flavours dominate. Long and satisfying after taste.
91/100
0073072, $ 40.95

Duel, 2007, Darioush, California
Ruby purple colour. Blue- and blackberry aromas waft out oft eh glass. Full-bodied, well extracted, opulent and intense. Cellar for 5 – 7 years for more complexity.
92/100
0291013 $ 48.95

Cote De Py Morgon, 2011, Jacques Depagneux, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
An absolutely delightful cru Beaujolais with a dark purple colour, cherry pie, strawberry and toasty aromas.
Velvety tannins, and superb intensity.
91/100
0299925, $ 18.95

Also recommended

Chilean Mountain Vineyards Syrah, 2010, Ninquen Antu, Chile
90/100
0675371, $ 16.95

Reserva De Familia Carmenere, 2009, Santa Carolina, Chile
90/100
0034942, $ 17.95

Shiraz, 2008, Hollick, South Australia
90/100
0285411, $ 19.95

Chateau La Tour Carnet, 2009, Bordeaux, France
90/100
0184555, $ 51.85

Chianti Riserva, 2008, Rocca della Macie, Tuscany
90/100
0111641, $ 15.95

Quinta Das Camelias Reserva, 2009, Dao, Portugal

89/100
0305334, $ 13.95

Tempranillo Gran Reserva, 2004, Ramon Bilbao, Rioja, Spain
90/100
0244715, $ 26.95

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  1. good post it is my favourit dink.An absolutely delightful cru Beaujolais with a dark purple colour.
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