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Professor B’s June 13 Vintages Release Recommendations

Vintages Release Recommendations
Vintages Release Recommendations

Ontario’s wine enthusiasts seem to be willing to experiment with a range of aromas, flavours and textures.

This 120 plus release offers several sparkling wines from France, Spain, Ontario, Italy, and Australia, several white wines from Italy, and many roses.
There is also a relatively large selection of Scotch whiskies.

My recommendations are:


Perpetuum Islay Single Malt, Ardbeg, Scotland
This distillery’s smoky and heavily peated whiskies are legendary. Perpetuum is relatively pale in colour. Smoky and peaty on the palate, with a fine, and smooth mouth feel.
An excellent and refined whisky.
410928 $ 186.95

Dessert wine

Megalomaniac Grounded Cabernet Franc Icewine, 2013, John Howard Cellars Of Distinction, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Cabernet franc in Ontario yields fine red wines, but it also lends itself to sweet styles.
It smells of strawberries. Fresh and lively, with a long distinct finish.
Enjoy after an extended meal, and relax.
415976, 200 ml $ 34.95

Sparkling wines

Tasmanian Cuvee, Josef Chromy, Tasmania, Australia
Very pale bronze colour. Aromas of strawberries dominate. This acid-driven, delightful and superbly balanced wine can be enjoyed now, or celandine for four to five years to gain more complexity,
409102, $ 28.95

Brut Rose Cremant d’Alsace, Pierre Sparr, Alsace, France
Aromas of ripe strawberries waft out of the glass. Finely calibrated perlage, and refined texture. Creamy and highly enjoyable with or without food.
39016, $ 18.95

Cyngus Brut Nature Reserva Cava, U Mes U Fan Tres, Pendes, Spain
A fine champagne-style, completely dry, organic sparkling wine. Light and citrusy. Most enjoyable with or without food.
352856, $ 17.95

Also recommended

1868 Brut Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore
Carpene Malvolti, Veneto, Italy
727438, $ 16.95

Special Cuvee Brut Champagne, Bollinger, Champagne, France
384529, $ 73.95

Carte D’Or Premier Cru Brut Champagne, 2007, D.Henriet-Bazin, Champagne, France
415596, $ 55.95

White wines

Garuma Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda, Chile
The Leyda Valley is influenced by teh Humboldt Current. Cool air currents yield vibrant and precisely balanced, fruit-driven, and elegant wines.
This is fine example. Enjoy with light seafood.
99309, $ 19.95

Les Grands Charrons Meursault, 2011, Bachey-Legros et Fils, Burgundy, France
Pale yellow colour. Aromas of apples/pears distinguish this finely balanced wine brimming with minerality. On the palate the wine feels fresh and invigorating.
410647, $ 51.95

Reisling Kabinett, 2013, St. Urbans-Hof, Mosel, Germany
Very pale straw colour. Opens up with attractive Granny Smith apple and lemon aromas. Light, and off dry with a slight acid undertone. Excellent and long finish. Enjoyable with light foods and fruit bowls. A patio wine.
995746, $ 19.95

Les Terres Blanches Nuits-Saint George Premier Cru, 2011, Michele et Patric Rion, Burgundy, France
416149, $ 66.95

Heytesbury Chardonnay, 2013, Vasse Felix, Margaret River, Western Australia
674648, $ 68.95

Red wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Paul Hobbs and Crossbarn, Napa Valley, California, U.S.A
Brilliant deep red colour. Silky mouth feel. Floral, fruity,and spicy aromas are followed by fine balance, extract deep and complex flavours.
118695, $ 62.95

Dragon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Pinotage, 2012, Flagstone, South Africa

This 35 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 33 shiraz, and 32 pinotage with aromas of strawberries, figs, and mulberries is medium-weight, well structured, with a peppery finish.
Enjoy with strongly flavoured fatty foods, or cellar for four to five years for more refinement.
37549, $ 16.95

Gran Reserva, 2004, Heredad de Baroja, Rioja, Spain
Dark red with garnet hints. Aromas of red plums, sour cherries, and American oak waft out of the glass.
“Juicy” mouth feel, with “meaty” undertones. Harmonious, well-balanced, and refined.
An excellent wine to enjoy with roasted leg of lamb, or roast rack of lamb.
Vegetarians can confidently pair it with roasted root vegetables.
276113, $ 24.95

Also recommended

The High Note Pinot Noir, 2009, Misha’s Vinyard, Otago, New Zealand
414078, $ 34.95

Oreno, 2011, Sette Ponti, Tuscany, Italy
735597, $ 76.95

Seleccao Do Enologo, 2011, Quinta da Fonteira, Douro Valley, Portugal
408088, $ 22.95

Cara Nord, 2013, Conca de Barbera, Spain
418186, $ 19.95

Rose wines
Sketches Of Niagara Rose, 2014, Tawse Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
172643, $ 15.95

Carte Noir Rose, 2014, Les Maitres Vignerons de la Presqu’il de Saint Tropez, Provence, France
319384, $ 17.95

Tavel, 2014, Chateau D’Aqueria, Rhone Valley, France
319368 $ 21.95

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