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COLLAVINI PINOT GRIGIO 2009, Italy Natalie has not yet reviewed this wine. It's listed here for your convenience so that you can find it easily in your local liquor store. 33340 12% $14.95. March 1, 2012
Michel Torino Don David Reserve Bodega El Esteco Malbec 2009, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Michel Torino has built a solid reputation for producing consistently high-quality Malbec in the Cafayate region in northern Argentina. Some of this up-and-coming region’s vineyards are planted at the highest elevations in the world for viticulture. This juicy wine is bursting with blackberry and other ripe dark fruits, balanced by toasty oak, ripe acidity and friendly tannins. Should drink well over the next 3 years. My note: Especially gorgeous for the price: this has to be an inventory pricing error! This is my new party wine. Wow. Rich blackberry and black plum with mouth-watering juiciness and satisfying full-bodied weight. Drink: 2011-2015. 64998 14% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. September 17, 2011
Best Value Red Wine.
Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Vintages Wine Panel: Catena Zapata is one of Argentina’s leading producers and its Alamos range consistently offers outstanding value. Expect blackberry flavours aplenty with notes of toasty oak, cocoa and coffee on a long, lingering finish. My note: Year after year, a solid producer of delicious, full-bodied reds at incredible prices. Drink: 2011-2014. 467944 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. July 9, 2011
Best Value Red Wine.
Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Dark woodsmoke and blackcurrant and cassis on the nose. A noble and elegant structure and balance and length. August character. Drink: 2010-2014. 985002 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 11, 2011
Best Beef Wine
Lan Reserva Tempranillo Mazuelo 2005, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Mature and classic with subtle notes of dried herbs, leather and dark fruits. I love it because it’s packed with flavour yet so elegant and balanced. I could drink this all night, and in fact, I think I will. Drink: 2011-2015. 42929 13.50% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 9, 2011
J. Lohr Seven Oaks 2008, Paso Robles, United States Natalie has not yet reviewed this wine. It's listed here for your convenience so that you can find it easily in your local liquor store. 13% $19.95. March 1, 2012
Ring Bolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Australia Natalie has not yet reviewed this wine. It's listed here for your convenience so that you can find it easily in your local liquor store. Drink: 2010-2015. 606624 14% $19.95. March 1, 2012
Vega Escal 2006 2006, Priorat, Spain Natalie has not yet reviewed this wine. It's listed here for your convenience so that you can find it easily in your local liquor store. Drink: 2011-2020. 14% $18.95. March 1, 2012
7 Deadly Zins Old Vine Michael & David Phillips Zinfandel 2008, Lodi, California, United States: Vintages Wine Panel: It took fruit sourced from seven of Lodi’s premium vineyards, specifically chosen for their superior quality, to create this sinfully rich Zinfandel. Loaded with berry fruit, pepper, spice and earth, this wine is a model of consistency. Mitigate the severity of your transgression (or implicate others as you will) and share this considerable, and decadent, treasure with friends at your next barbecue. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years. My vote: I adore this wine: it’s vibrant, juicy, generous and fleshy rich with blueberries, purple plums, black raspberries. It reminds me of Tina Fey: lively and fun, always ready for a joke as you sit around the barbecue. It’s simply delicious. Drink: 2009-2015. 59311 15% D 750 mL $24.95 Score: 93/100. May 28, 2011
Top Rated Red Wine.
Heavenly Hamburger Wine
Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port 2005, Portugal Natalie has not yet reviewed this wine. It's listed here for your convenience so that you can find it easily in your local liquor store. 46946 20% $17.95. March 1, 2012
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