Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s Vintages June 8 Release Recommendations.


This fairly large release offers many more red wines than white. Given teh fact that, generally, June is a relatively hot month, this is surprising.

There are more than regular amount of rose wines, therefore I have decided to add a separate heading.


Single Barrel Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Blanton Distillery, Kentucky
An intense and complex Bourbon offering unrefined brown sugar, candied orange and nutmeg aromas. Smooth and layered mouth feel.
0558320, No price provided

Darkest 15-Year Old Islay Single malt, Bowmore, Scotland
The darkness of this exceptionally flavourful whisky comes from the long aging and finishing the aging process in old sherry casks. It is a powerful, but smooth whisky that should be savoured in a proper whisky glass, with a few drops of water and no ice.
Lingering finish testifies to this whisky`s pedigree.
050364, $ 91.95

White wines

Louis Hauller Gewurztraminrr, 2011, La Cave du Tonnelier, Alsace, France
Defined notes of citrus, apricot, lychee, honey, spice, and rose petals are discernible.
A very appealing, almost textbook gewurztraminer that would match Asian seafood specialties, ratatouille, and stir-fried chicken.
0141754, $ 19.95

Meursault Les Clous, 2010, Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Pale yellow in colour, peach, mint, crushed stones, and minerals greet the nose. Crisp acidity, perceptible smoothness and extra long finish make this wine extraordinary.
0661322, $ 44.95

Also recommended:

Chardonnay, 2010, Macrostie, Sonoma County,
0244467, No price provided
Chablis, 2010, Roland Lavatureux, Chablis, France
0328807, $ 19.95

Red Wines:

Cabernet Sauvignon Bello Vineyards, 2009, Ridge Estates, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

A blend of 77 per cent cabernet sauvignon, and 23 merlot, this gorgeous, masterfully blended wine smells of grilled herbs, cedar, tobacco and ripe berries. A superbly balanced, powerful and intense cabernet sauvignon that can be enjoyed now with flavourful and fatty dishes, or cellared for five to seven years for extra fineness.
0089284, $ 52.95

Poggiotondo Brunello Di Montalcino, 2006, Societa Agricola Cantolani, Tuscany, Italy
A superbly balanced, brilliant, broad-shouldered, refined, and intense wine. Long finish. It should be cellared for two to three years for extra complexity.
0276576, $ 34.95

Also recommended:

Capitel Nicalo Appassimento Valpolicella Superiore, 2011, Fratelli Tedeschi, Veneto, Italy
0984997, $ 15.95

Frei Rach Zinfandel, 2010, Gallo Family Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
0555599, No price provided

Pinot Noir, 2009, Blue Pirate, Oregon
0333294, No price provided

Petit Verdot, 2011, Barrica Selecion, Rapel Valley, Santa Carolina, Chile
0007484, $ 14.95

The Triangle Merlot, 2010, Sileni, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
0586081, $ 16.95

Reserve Cabernet/Merlot, 2010, Mills Reef, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
0318097, No price provided

Crozes Hermitage La Matiniere, 2010, Ferraton Pere et Fils, Cotes du Rhone, France
0127712, $ 21.95

Cuvee Excellence, 2010, Mas Des Bressades, Costieres de Nimes,
0708750, No price provided

Rose wines

Cuvee d’Andree Rose, 2012, Chateau des Charmes, Ontario
Pinot noir rose offers cherry, pomegranate, and grapefruit aromas. The palate is refreshing, “juicy” and very inviting.
An excellent sipping wine to celebrate another day of life.
0333260, $ 14.95

Cabernet Franc Rose, Pondview Winery, Ontario
0241802, $ 14.95

Chateau Montet Rose, 2012,Bordeaux, France
0276386, $ 12.95

Sable D’Azur Rose, 2012, Gassier, Cotes de Provence, France
0033621, $ 13.95

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