Wine, Wine Reviews

Professor B’s Vintages October 26 Release Recommendations


This large release offers some outstanding red wines, a few superior quality champagnes and adequate number of white wines.
The three Scotch whiskies are fine products, two of which scored more than 90 points.


Brut, Ruinart, Champagne, France
An exceptional champagne from this small, very famous, and quality oriented house.
The wine offers aromas of oranges, granny Smith apples, and hint of citrus fruits. It has a biscuit aroma, called Gout Anglais.
A delicate, elegant, superbly balanced fine perlage champagne.
In Store discovery offer
189878, $ 77.95

Brut Rose, Ruinart, Champagne, France
Smells of strawberries plums, and cherries. Fine perlage, medium weight, elegant and refreshing. An exemplary rose champagne.
In Store Discovery offer
662536, $ 98.95

Zero Brut nature, Tarlant, Champagne, France
Has a rich, toasty character, with racy acidity. Light, and offer lengty minerality with good fruitiness. Well balanced with a fine long finish.
996264, $ 44.95

18 Year Old Islay Single Malt, Laphroig, D. Johnstone and Co. Scotland
Smoky, peaty and seaweed aromas waft out of the glass In the mouth, this fine smooth whisky tastes of vanilla, and heather honey. Rich and elegant.
183368, $ 179.95

21 Years Old Speyside Glenlivet Single Malt
Tomintoul, Scotland
Generally, whiskies aged for longer than 18 years show less character than those that are older. This whisky is an exception. It has fruity and floral smells at the same time.
In the mouth, vanilla flavours dominate. A smooth and powerful whisky, that might have tasted better at cask strength. 46.6 per cent ABV.
288225, 700ml. $ 178.95

White wines

Chablis Montmains Premier Cru, 2011, Jean-Marc, Brocard, Chablis, Burgundy, France
Smells of apples, and citrus fruits. Good minerality, A dense oily, but delightful flavour. Potential to age fro two to three more years.
983882, $ 29.95

Chardonnay, 2011, Burrowing owl, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Appel aromas dominate the nose. In teh mouth oak undertones lift the flavour. Medium bodied, dry, balanced with a long finish.
0208694, No price provided

Dhroner Hofberger Riesling Spatlese, 2011, Bollig-Lehnert, Predikatswein
Floral, cirrus fruit and mineral aromas jump out of the glass. Honeyed flavours in the mouth male this wine exceptional in taste. Light and elegant.
339945, $ 21.95

Also recommended:

Paragon Chardonnay, 2011, Edna valley, California
984153, No price provided

Qu Chardonnay, 2011, Wines of Chile
357392, $ 15.95

Red wines

Aurelio’s Selection cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Montes, Napa valley, California
Aurelio Montes is a Chilean winemaker and winery owner best known for his fine products.
This wine is from fruit grown on his property in Napa Valley. It is soft and luscious in the mouth, with ripe berry and chocolate flavours. Full bodied and thoroughly enjoyable. Can be cellared for four to five years more depth and complexity.
255794, $ 69.95

Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Stag’s Leap Winery, Napa valley, California
A masterfully made wine that would grace any gastronomic, deeply flavoured meal.
347971, Magnum $ 119.95

Wallace Shiraz/Grenache, 2010, Glaetzer, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Brilliant and deep red. Smells of black fruits and roasted meat. Still tannic. Full bodied, powerful, well extracted, and deeply flavoured,
Cellar for four to five years for additional complexity.
47605, $ 28.95

Also recommended:

Merlot, 2010, Stag’s Leap Winery, Napa valley, California
0655399, $ 39.95

Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 10, 2010, Tangly Oaks, Napa Valley, California
104208, $ 25.95

Etiquetta Negra Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Vina Tarapaca, Maipo Valley, Chile
348045, $ 29.95

Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2010, Yabby Lake Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
0262402, $ 49.95

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, 2011, Two Hands, Barossa Valley, South Australia
660043, $ 29.95

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