Vintages Release June 25: Malbec and Chardonnay from Argentina + Barbecue Wines

Here are some of my top picks and best value wines from the June 25 Vintages Release. You’ll find all 75 wines here that I’ve recommended from a wide range of price points, styles, scores and food pairings. (Make sure you have some back-up choices in case some of these are sold out.)

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Natalie

2010 Alamos Chardonnay The Wines Of Catena, Mendoza, Argentina

You can’t beat this price for a solid Chardonnay with classic green apple, smoke and butterscotch aromas. Medium- to full-bodied with great balance.

$13.95
Score: 87/100.
Best Value White Wine
Pair with: grilled seafood, chicken

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2009 Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé, A.C., Burgundy, France

Classic French Burgundy (Chardonnay) with green apple, white peach and a sniff of smoke. So elegant and crisp. Perfect with a variety of dishes from roast chicken to seafood in cream sauce.

$33.95
Score: 92/100.
Top Rated White Wine
Pair with: grilled chicken, lobster dishes

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2010 Sileni Cellar Sauvignon Blanc Selection, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

I’ve recommended this wine year after year for more than ten years now. Vibrant lime and chive notes with some lemongrass zest on the finish.

$15.95
Score: 89/100
Best Value White
Pair with: vegetarian dishes, quiche, seafood

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2009 Chateau St Jean Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County, California


Stunning lemon brightness pierces through the rich voluptuous texture of this wine like sunlight through a cloud. Gorgeous notes of Asian pear and green apples are wrapped in toasty oak for a long, satisfying finish.

$21.95
Score: 92/100
Top Rated White Wine
Pair with: roast chicken, lobster in butter, corn dishes

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2008 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Shiraz, Coonawarra, South Australia

Lovely length, depth and savoury goodness. Beautiful extraction of dark fleshy plum flavour yet there’s incredible balance. Made by a confident, deft hand.

$19.95
Score: 94/100
Top Rated Red Wine
Pair with pepper steak, hamburgers

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2009 Santa Carolina Barrica Carmenère Selection Gran Reserva, Rapel Valley, Chile

A stunning wine for the money! Rich and deep with fleshy dark fruit. The layers in this wine lap over one another with incredible voluptuousness. This wine is perfect for potluck gatherings or dinner parties.

$14.95
Score: 89/100
Best Value Red Wine
Pair with: barbecued steaks, ribs

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2008 Bouchard Père & Fils Pinot Noir, A.C., Burgundy, France

Gorgeously ripe fleshy cherries with huge mouth-watering action. Yes, this wine has acidity but it’s fantastic, especially with a variety of dishes from turkey to seafood.

$25.95
Score: 92/100
Top Rated Red Wine
Pair with: grilled duck breast, pheasant, turkey

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2007 Torres Garnacha Cariñena Gran Sangre De Toro Reserva, D.O., Catalunya, Spain

An absolutely terrific red, especially at this price point! Rich and savoury and juicy with dark plums, berries, smoke and dark spice. This wine would be amazing with a variety of hearty meat dishes.

$15.95
Score: 90/100
Best Value Red Wine
Pair with: stuffed pepper, beef, lamb

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2009 La Bastide Blanche Bandol Rosé Bronzo, Vign., A.C., Provence, France

Superb and it’s highway robbery in terms of the price. I love this wine. Light strawberry aromas and fleeting happiness that you will chase until the end of your days. Leave some for me please.

$21.95
Score: 93/100
Top Rated Rose
Pair with: salmon, salads

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2010 Château La Tour De L'évêque Rosé, A.C., Côtes De Provence, France

Pretty, classic and aromatic of field strawberries and raspberries. Mouth-watering and light- to medium-bodied.

$18.95
Score: 89/100
Best Value Rose
Pair with: grilled shrimp with homemade aioli , scallops pan-seared with butter and garlic

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9 thoughts on “Vintages Release June 25: Malbec and Chardonnay from Argentina + Barbecue Wines

  1. I just wrote an article for a local magazine about wines that go with grilling (in the South, if you say BBQ, you get asked, “Pork or Beef?”). I have been telling anyone who will listen that the wine to look out for this year is Malbec. My favorite grilling wine still remains Cline’s Ancient Vine Zin, but Trinchero Golden Reserve Malbec is wonderful beyond belief.
    Happy grilling and I hope your BBQ turns out well!

  2. I’m very happy that you like the Wynns 2008 Coonawarra Shiraz, so do I and I have several bottles in my cupboard. In fact I have every Vintage of it from 2001 to 2009. It would have be one of the most consistent wines around because it “over delivers” year after year. My favourite wine is Wynns Black Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and it also over delivers year after year even when many surrounding vineyards suffer from serius frost damage in the growing season, eg. November 2007 for the 2008 Vintage.

  3. One more pairing that is a favorite of mine for all seasons(nobody is allowed to laugh at this):
    A good Malbec such as Navarro Carreras and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich late at night when everyone else is in bed and the house is absolutely quiet! Good brain food.

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