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Professor B’s Vintages November 23 Release Recommendations

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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.

Spirits

Grand Reserve 21 years old Highland Single Malt
Rum cask finish
Glefiddich
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.
94/100
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.
94/100
0353151, $ 259.95

Also recommended Prunella Mandorlata, Nonino, Friuli, Italy
94/100
0348862, $ 42.95

Liqueur

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.
92/100
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.
93/100
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.
92/100
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.
92/100
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.
92/100
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.
92/100
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.
93/100
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.
94/100
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.
93/100
0548677, $ 99.95

Also recommended

Neufeld Vineyard Meritage, 2010, Palatine Hills, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
90/100
$ 29.95

Merlot, 2010, Beringer
92/100
091647, $ 34.95

Westside Zinfandel, 2011, Peachy Canyon, California
92/100
0930644, $ 26.95

Reserve Malbec, 2010, Sottano, Argentina
91/100
0355628, $ 21.95

Signature Malbec (Unfiltered and unfined) , 2011, Susana Balbo, Argentina
91/100
0079798, $ 19.95

Versado Malbec, 2012, Peter and Ann Sperling, Argentina
91/100
0317008, $ 25.95

Solaia, 2010, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
93/100
0987586, $ 251.95

Cairanne, 2011, Domaine de Romet, Cotes du Rhone, France
92/100
0042986, # 23.95

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

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