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Professor B’s Vintages June 22 Release Recommendations.

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This fairly large release focuses mainly on red wines, despite the timing. There is a reasonably long list of Ontario wines, and mainly mid-priced products from the U S A, Australia, France, Italt, Portugal, Spain and Argentina.

Spirit

The Arran Malt Port Cask Finish Single malt
Isle of Arran Distillers, Scotland

This smooth Scotch displays cereal, apple pie, sultana, honey and hazelnut flavours. It is smooth, very appealing and enjoyable.
90/100
0328815, 700 ml $ 80.95

Dessert Wine

Floralis Moscatel Oro, Torres, Catalonia, Spain
This 2010 Muscats du Monde competition award winner from one of the largest wineries of Spain displays complexity and depth with aromatics, and balanced palate.
A superb after dinner wine to enjoy on its own or with ripe tropical seasonal fruits.
91/100
0642173, 500 ml $ 16.95

Sparkling wines

Brut, Graham Beck, Western Cape, South Africa
A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, this pale copper-tinged golden sparkling wine smells of tropical fruits. It’s yeasty complexity and excellent balance stand out. Deeply flavoured with a long finish
90/100
0593483, $ 18.95

Cuvee Predilection Brut Vouvray, 2010, Chateau Moncontour, Loire, France
An excellent, rich, fruity, acid-driven sparkling wine. Citrusy and quince flavours add excitement to the flavour of this vivid and invigorating sparkling wine.
90/100
0168963, $ 18.95

White wines

Village reserve Chardonnay, 2010, Le Clos Jordanne, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
This golden coloured chardonnay offers apple and citrus fruit aromas. In the mouth vanilla and spice tones are detectable. An excellent, deeply-flavoured and balanced wine with a long aftertaste.
90/100
0033936, $ 30.00

Chardonnay, 2011, Siete Fincas, Mendoza, Argentina
Emanates apple and tropical fruit aromas. Dry, deeply flavoured wine, that has been adequately aged in barrels for additional complexity. You can cellar it for another year or two for more refinement. Try with grilled or boiled lobster with drawn butter.
91/100
0222752, $ 14.95

Grand Cru Pinot Gris, 2008, Kessler, Alsace, France
Pinot gris aka pinot grigio in Italy, and Grauburgunder in German yields completely different wines in Alsace. This rich and leaning toward off dry wine is elegant and silky in texture. A seamless wine, exuding tropical and stone fruit aromas.
92/100
024962, $ 25.95

Also recommended:

Talmard Macon-Uchizy, 2011, Mallory et Benjamin, Macon, Burgundy
89/100
0733956, $ 14.95

Red wines

The Hedonist Shiraz, 2009, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Walter Cloppis
Aged in American oak barrels, this chocolaty wines smell of ripe berries, has a very appealing mouth feel, and balance. Long aftertaste.
92/100
0090191, $ 23.95

Pinot Noir, 2009, Pegasus Bay, New Zealand
Smells of raspberry, cherry, and pomegranates greet the nose. Medium bodeid palate, lively acidity, and moderate tannins make this wine a good choice for elegant food, i.e roast rack of lamb, grilled lamb chops, Bourseault cheese and other fine samples of cheese.
92/100
0031294, $ 48.95

Chateauneuf Du Pape, 2009, Chateau Mont Redon, Cotes du Rhone, France
A superbly balanced wine that exudes aromas of ripe figs. Smooth, rich, elegant, and sophisticated with a long finish.
92/100
0959627, $ 39.95

Rosso Di Montalcino, 2010, Poggio il Castellare, Tuscany, italy
Cherry, plum, rhubarb aromas greet the nose. Full bodied, intense, well balanced.
90/100
0330662, $ 20.95

Also recommended

Rioja reserva, 2007, Vina Equia, Rioja, Spain
90/100
0325845, $ 17.94

Rose wines

Whsipering Angel, 2012, Caves d’Esclans, Cotes de Provence,
90/100
$ 19.95

Rosato, 2012, San Jacopo a Vicchimaggio, Tuscany, Italy
89/100
0322867, $ 13.95

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