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Professor B’s May 2 Vintages Release Recommendations

Vintages Release Recommendations
Vintages Release Recommendations

This gigantic release with over 100 wines and a few spirits contains two mini-releases – New Zealand and Germany. The New Zealand section includes a few obligatory sauvignon bancs, plus a few chardonnays, rieslings, a few pinot noirs, and one syrah.
There is a large selection of rose wines, and no doubt will be updated during every release for a few months.


Bunnahabhaib Ceobonach Islay Single malt, Scotland
A mellow whisky with smoke and seaweed flavours underlined by vanilla, spices and citrus notes.
Although fairly high in alcohol (46.2 per cent ABV), the mouth feel is pleasant.
410944, $ 99.95

Vida Mezcal Del Meguey, San Louis Del Rio, Mexico

Tequilas less well-known “companion” are becoming more popular with people looking for distinct earthy flavours. This Mexican spirit from a “single village” mescal offers floral and sour notes, with a blend of sweet, sour, smoky and spicy notes. Long finish
408484, $ 79.95

Dessert wine

Trockenbeerenauslese, 2012, Lenz Moser, Austria
Shiny gold tending to brown colour. Dried fruit aromas waft out of the glass. Sweet, but well balanced. Medium bodied with a mineral finish.
725657,375 ml. $ 20.95

Sparkling wine

Brut Rose, Roederer, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California
Pale red colour. Aromas of raspberries and apples are noticeable. Light and refreshing with a fine finish
479758, $ 42.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2014, Famiglia Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina
Golden colour. Green Apple aromas underlined with toasty nuances. This barrel fermented chardonnay offers a remarkably creamy texture. A fine wine with a long finish.
1461, No price provided

Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Mahi, Marlborough, New Zealand
Pale yellow. Aromas of orange zest, fresh herbs and citrus, underlined with a touch of sweetness. Balanced. Pleasant mouth feel with good minerality.
63941, $ 19.95

Chassagne-Montrachet Les Chaumees Premier Cru, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Brilliant deep yellow. Aromas of apple, lemon and melon greet the nose. Elegant and refined with layers flavours, and excellent finish,
299933, $ 87.95

Also recommended

Vouvray, 2013, Domaine Toussaint, Loire, France
408260, $ 15.95

Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc, 2013, Famille Perrin, Rhone Valley.
48892, $ 33.95

Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett, 2012, C.H. Berres, Mosel, Germany
207274, $ 24.95

Red wines

Lowrey Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2012, Bachelder, St. David’s bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Rusty pale red. Bursts with strawberry aromas. An elegant and refined wine hat caresses the tongue with a silky texture.
361816, $ 44.95

Shiraz, 2011, Brick Kiln, Mc Laren Vale, South Australia
Deep purple crimson. Blackberry, dark chocolate are underlined with complex flavours supported with ripe tannins. A remarkable wine that can be enjoyed now, or cellared for 3 to 4 years for more refined texture.
329979, $ 24.95

Pinto Noir, 2013, Rocky Point, Central Otago, New Zealand
Dark red. Red and black cherry aromas augmented with plum and floral hints.
A very appealing wine with fine mouth feel and full body. Enjoyable now, but 4 to 5 years of cellaring should reward you with an elegant and refined wine.
411777, $ 39.95

Also recommended.

Cannubi Barolo, 2010, Brezza, Piedmont, Italy
713511, $ 64.95
Baron de Megana, 2009, Bodegas Vina Magana, Navarra, Spain
280552, $ 19.95
Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva, 2005, Bodega Classica, Rioja, Spain
357335, $ 18.95
Rioja Gran Reserva, 2005, arques de Riscal, Rioja, Spain
976670, $ 29.95

Rose wines

Cuvee Tradition Rose, 2014, Mas des Bressades, Costieres de Nimes,France
Pale shimmering pink. Offers red apple, strawberry and herbal aromas. On the palate, the “juiciness” and liveliness instantly appeal. Fine finish
950576, $ 15.95
Real Agrado Rose, 2014, Vinedos de Alfaro, Rioja, Spain
Brilliant pink. Floral and citrus notes. Fresh and bursting with vitality. A delicious wine to enjoy on its own, with pan-fried chicken breast enhanced with tarragon, or cold cuts, sandwiches.
410142 $ 12.95
Whispering Angel Rose, 2014, Cotes de Provence, Sacha Lichine
Very pale pink. Impressive aromas of flowers, lavender and apricot greet the nose. Acid driven, succulent, light and refreshing.
325076, $ 25.95

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