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Professor B’s Vintages November 23 Release Recommendations


This release is so big that it was decided to break it up into two parts.

I recommend that you buy any of the recommendations shortly after the date of release to avoid disappointments.


Grand Reserve 21 years old Highland Single Malt
Rum cask finish
Smells of spices, ginger, molasses and bananas greet the nose. This smooth whisky was finished aging in old Bourbon barrels, then in old rum casks. Smooth with a long finish.
0981381, $ 241.95

Shackelton The Journey, Macinlay
This elegant, refined and blended whisky will thrill your taste buds. The blend was skilfully executed by experts. It is clear in colour, light, youthful and represents an outstanding Scotch whisky.
0353151, $ 259.95

Also recommended Prunella Mandorlata, Nonino, Friuli, Italy
0348862, $ 42.95


Liquore all Camomilla con Grappa, Marolo Milla, Italy
Paolo Milla uses a nebbiolo grappa for this camomile-flavoured liqueur. Serve chilled or frozen as a digestive.
0211433, 700 ml No price provided

Dessert wine

Nightingale Botrytised Semillon/ Sauvignon Blanc, 2007, Beringer, Napa Valley, California
This superbly blended sweet wine deserves to be the crowning finale of a Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner. Fruity(apricots) with a fine underlying acidity. Intense and seductive.
0743344, 375 ml. $ 39.95 IN STOR DISCOVERY

Fortified wine

10-year-Old Tawny, Offley, Douro Valley, Portugal
Walnut, fennel, coffee, caramel, and strawberry preserve aromas waft out of the glass. Superbly balanced with a long aftertaste.
0257788, $ 25.95

Sparkling wines

Grand Cru Brut, Champagne Krug, Champagne, France
Krug is undoubtedly one of the best Champagne houses. This blend smells of pears, dried apricots, and roasted almonds.
Light, very fine mouth feel and vibrancy.
0038562, $ 271.95

Dolce Brachetto, Castello del Poggio, Piedmont, Italy
A once in a lifetime taste experience. Strawberry and cherry aromas waft out of the glass. The delicacy and finesse of this Brachetto are absolutely delightful.
0101345, $ 16.95

Red wines

Lowrey Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2011, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Aromas of cherries and raspberries dominate. Excellent structure with firm tannins. This wine could improve with two to three years of cellaring.
0361816, $ 44.95

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Dunn Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
A powerful, full-bodied wine. Smells for red fruits, and dried flowers are discernible. Deeply flavoured and well balanced. Cellar for five to six years for a finer texture.
0193763, $ 109.95

Proprietary Red, 2009, Pahlmeyer, Sonoma County, California
This fine, refined but very powerful wine requires four to five years of cellaring to reach its potential. Succulent, well balanced, layered, with a long aftertaste.
0329375, $ 159.95

Campolongo Di Torbe Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2006, Agricola Masi, Veneto, Italy
Silky, lush, with a superb balance and depth, this sweet wine exudes power with its 16.2 ABV alcohol. An incomparably sophisticated and refined wine.
Only 15,100 bottles were produced.
0548677, $ 99.95

Also recommended

Neufeld Vineyard Meritage, 2010, Palatine Hills, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
$ 29.95

Merlot, 2010, Beringer
091647, $ 34.95

Westside Zinfandel, 2011, Peachy Canyon, California
0930644, $ 26.95

Reserve Malbec, 2010, Sottano, Argentina
0355628, $ 21.95

Signature Malbec (Unfiltered and unfined) , 2011, Susana Balbo, Argentina
0079798, $ 19.95

Versado Malbec, 2012, Peter and Ann Sperling, Argentina
0317008, $ 25.95

Solaia, 2010, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
0987586, $ 251.95

Cairanne, 2011, Domaine de Romet, Cotes du Rhone, France
0042986, # 23.95

Vendimia Seleccionada Tempranillo Crianza, 2009, Tamaral, Rioja, Spain
0355701.,$ 23.95

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