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Wine Picks June 12, 2009

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Note: This batch of wine reviews is not part of the bi-weekly Vintages Releases. Instead, it's a collection of wines outside the Vintages section in store (general list) or wines sent to me directly from wineries that may not yet be available in liquor stores. Click on the Winery or Wine Agency link to get more info.

Dessert Wine

Lagarde Muscato Griallo Viognier 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: A lovely dessert wine that's not too sweet or cloying. Aromas of apricot, honey and marmalade. This wine was aged 18 months in oak. 12% S 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Other Wines/Drinks

Panama Jack's French Vanilla Cream Liqueur, Canada: Love it! Move over Bailey's, this is seriously great cream liqueur. Makes you think, why I don't more of this? Creamy, coffee, milk chocolately. Perfect on its own, on the rocks or with coffee. 107227 17% S 750 mL $16.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Red Wine

Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Petit Verdot 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Excellent structure and complexity with aromas of blackberry, cassis, blackcurrant. Mouth-filling and full-bodied with a good grip. A blend of 60% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot. About 60% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for one year. Decant for 1-2 hours. Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Petit Verdot food pairings: Game meats, grilled lamb (especially from Patagonia). Drink: 2009 - 2015 15% XD 750 mL $40.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Vin Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Big black fruit come first with aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, black raspberry, then a supple texture on the palate with a good grip from the polished tannins. Decant for 1-2 hours but try again first. Full-bodied and rich. A blend of 70% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. All of this wine was aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah food pairings: Spicy sausage, hard cheeses. Drink: 2009 - 2018 15% XD 750 mL $65.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: The complexity, depth and length of this wine are extraordinary. The wine was aged in new French oak for 15 months. Aromas of blackberry and black plum. Only 8000 bottles were produced. Malbec food pairings: Rabbit stew, beef. Drink: 2009 - 2020 15% XD 750 mL $85.00 Score: 95/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Diamandes Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Enticing notes of black plums and smoky oak are part of this full-bodied beauty. It was aged for 20 months in French oak. It's a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It needs time but has spectacular potential. Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: sirloin steak. Drink: 2010 - 2018 15% XD 750 mL $45.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Diamandes Gran Reserva Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich, soft, supple and full-bodied: lovely! Great balance, complexity and length with aromas of black fruit and smoke. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels. It's a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink: 2010 - 2016 15% XD 750 mL $45.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Flechas De Los Andes Grand Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: This wine is a joint effort between the famous winemaking family of Bordeaux, Rothschild, and the aircraft maker Dessault. It is also one of the wineries involved in Michel Rolland's project called Clos de los Siete. Half of the wine was aged in French oak for one year. It displays lovely notes of black plums and berries. About 80,000 bottles were produced. Decant for 1-2 hours. Drink: 2009 - 2012 16% XD 750 mL $29.99 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lindaflor Monteviejo Winery Malbec 2004, Mendoza, Argentina: An opulent wine with rich, deep layers of plush black plums, black cherry and smoke. Soft tannins give a generous, satin texture. This wine was aged in new French oak for 14 months. Terrific length on the finish. Drink: 2009 - 2016 15% XD 750 mL $55.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Reserve Malbec Syrah 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Deep, dark and rich, this brooding blend of Malbec (50%) and Syrah (50%) has dive-into-it aromas of blackberries, coffee, dark chocolate and smoke. The wine was aged for 8 months in French oak. Full-bodied but not heavy, wonderful concentration of flavor. This wine will be included in the Vintages January 9, 2010 release, but you may find it elsewhere before then. 492702 13.5% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Golden Reserve Syrah 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: A mocha-rich nose is followed by red berry marmalade, coffee, cinnamon, dried tobacco leaves and plum. Chewy and meaty with loads of flavor and depth. Great acidity. Aged in French (90%) and American (10%) oak for 12 months. Decant for 1-2 hours. 15% XD 750 mL $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Eolo Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich and complex with a river of satiny flavor rippling across your palate. This blend of 98% Malbec and 2% Syrah has inviting aromas of black fruit, mocha and smoke. This wine is named for Eolo, the Greek god of the winds. It was aged for 16 months in new French oak. Decants for 1-2 hours, but better yet, give it a few more years. Malbec food pairings: blood sausage, rare sirloin steak. Drink: 2009 - 2016 252874 13% XD 3000 mL $99.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catena Alta Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: A rich river of velvet flavor flows across your mouth: try not to gulp this wine too quickly (regret is an empty bottle). Aromas of black plum, mocha and dark berries. Great length and depth. This wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak. A benchmark wine on a planetary scale. Available in the Vintages November 21, 2009 release, though you may find it elsewhere before then. Malbec food pairings: spicy sausages, pork ribs, polenta with cheese. Drink: 2010 - 2016 982355 14% XD 750 mL $60.95 Score: 95/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Catena Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Great depth and complexity with full-bodied aromas of dark fruit, coffee and vanilla spice. Supple and generous texture with amazing concentration of flavors. Balanced with great length on the finish. Malbec food pairings: asado (barbecue) steak, pasta with tomato-meat sauce, bacon dishes. Drink: 2009 - 2014 478727 13.5% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alamos Catena Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Loads of ripe dark plums up front, with cassis at the mid-palate and a violet-infused finish. Some pepper and rose petal notes in the background. This wine was aged for 9 months in American and French oak. Terrific quaffer! 467951 13.5% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alamos Catena Seleccion Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Great persistence and depth of flavor: black plum, mocha and coffee spice. Fine tannins with a silky texture. The ultimate barbecue wine. Malbec food pairings: empanadas (meat and onion filled pastry), rare filet mignon. 11015726 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Malbec 2008, San Juan, Argentina: A full-bodied, fresh wine with notes of red berries and tart cherries. Smooth texture with no oak. Amazing value for this wine. Malbec food pairings: rare steak. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Malbec Merlot 2008, San Juan, Argentina: A mocha-coffee nose with black spicy berries and plums. Good structure with a spicy finish. Even proportions of Malbec and Merlot in the blend. Malbec Merlot food pairings: grilled and barbecued meats. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, San Juan, Argentina: Redolent of blackberry and cassis. Full-bodied, not spicy, more floral with good structure. Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: hard cheeses, pepper steak. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Syrah 2008, San Juan, Argentina: Deep, rich and plush with amazing depth of flavor. Syrah is a specialty of the San Juan Valley and it shows in this wine. Some spicy notes with roses and black fruit. Good grip with the tannins so decant 1-2 hours. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Syrah Tannat 2008, San Juan, Argentina: An amazing wine for the money! Rich waves of blackcurrant aromas followed by notes of walnuts, black plum and pencil lead. Even proportions of each grape in the blend. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, San Juan, Argentina: A full-bodied red with generous dark fruit aromas and solid structure. Notes of blackcurrant, dark chocolate a dash of pepper. Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings: grilled meats, mushroom dishes, pasta in tomato sauce. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Intenso Casa Montes Malbec 2007, San Juan, Argentina: A gorgeously rich Malbec with notes of violets, black tart cherries, plums and strawberries. Full-bodied with a vanilla spice-infused finish. This wine was aged in French and American oak for 3 months. Superb wine for the money. 14% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Intenso Casa Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, San Juan, Argentina: Incredibly intense and concentrated with deep, rich flavors of blackberries, pepper and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with a pleasingly long finish. 14% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Don Balthazar Casa Montes Malbec 2006, San Juan, Argentina: Terrific structure in this elegant, dark chocolate, blackberry Malbec. Full-bodied with a spicy finish. Aged 12 months in French and American oak barrels. The grapes are grown in high-altitude vineyards 2500 feet above sea level. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Don Balthazar Casa Montes Cabernet Franc 2006, San Juan, Argentina: A chewy, meaty wine with a good grip from the tannins. Aromas of black cherries, dried herbs and vanilla smoke. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Don Balthazar Casa Montes Petit Verdot 2006, San Juan, Argentina: A purple plum nose with great extraction and concentration of flavor on the palate. Notes of blackberries and vanilla. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Don Balthazar Casa Montes Syrah 2006, San Juan, Argentina: A stunning wine with lovely aromas of blackberries, clove, fig and red currants. The wine was aged 9 month in French and American oak. Syrah is definitely a specialty in this region: a gorgeous combination of flavor and suppleness. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alzamora Grand Reserve Malbec 2005, San Juan, Argentina: A beautifully expressive and rich wine with Old World elegance and balance and New World fruit concentration. Lovely notes of red berries, currants, dark spices, pepper and caramel (the latter from the 12 months of aging in French oak barrels). Superbly crafted. Malbec food pairings: meat-filled ravioli, manicotti. 14% XD 750 mL $19.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Alzamora Grand Reserve Syrah 2005, San Juan, Argentina: This wine has it all: elegance, depth, length and terrific fruit concentration. It's a captivating wine with many layers of flavor to discover and dive into. Notes of black raspberry, blackberry, clove, rose and violet. Aged in French oak for 12 months. Fleshy and full-bodied and ultimately satisfying. Syrah food pairings: grilled meats, game, hard cheeses, smoked ham. 14% XD 750 mL $19.00 Score: 94/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Callia Alta Shiraz 2008, San Juan, Argentina: Aromas of plush dark plums, dried tobacco leaves, ripe figs, mocha and coffee. Lovely violet-infused finish. 14% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Callia Magna Shiraz 2007, San Juan, Argentina: A super-concentrated red: rich but not heavy. Black and purple fruits wrapped in dark spices, violets and rose petals. 209071 14% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Callia Grand Shiraz Tannat Malbec Merlot 2006, San Juan, Argentina: A juicy, rich wine with a plush texture and layers of flavor. Aromas of black plum, blackberry, licorice and dark spice. This wine is a blend of 40% Shiraz, 20% Tannat, 20% Malbec and 20% Merlot. It was barrel-aged for 18 months. A spectacular wine! 14% XD 750 mL $35.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Urban Uco Tempranillo 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely dark fruit and soft, polished tannins for a velvet mouth-feel. Aged 3 months in French oak barrels. A terrific value for this delicious, full-bodied red. 726781 14% XD 750 mL $14.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Urban Uco Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: A profusion of violets, dark fruit and spices. Aged in oak barrels for 3 months. Very rich, full-bodied, suplpe and velvety. 14% XD 750 mL $14.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Urban Uco Tempranillo Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich, round and dark with black plums and a spicy finish. The blend of the two grapes adds complexity, marry silk and power. Malbec contributes violets, tea leaves; while Tempranillo gives red and blackberries and body. 14% XD 750 mL $14.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier B Crux Tempranillo Malbec Syrah 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Very fresh and vibrant with dark fruit aromas of cassis, blackberry and mocha. Good tannic grip, so decant 1-2 hours. Grapes come from 30-80 year-old vines. A blend of 60% tempranillo, 35% Malbec and 5% Syrah. Aged 12 months in French and American oak. 14% XD 750 mL $18.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Alfa Crux Tempranillo Malbec Merlot 2004, Mendoza, Argentina: Love the richness in this wine! Excellent depth and length on the finish. Aromas of dark fruit, vanilla spice and smoke. Aged 17 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak. 14% XD 750 mL $18.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Alfa Crux Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Amazing depth and richness with soft, velvety texture. Aromas of plush plums, fleshy blackberries, violets and dark spices. Absolutely beautiful. 14% XD 750 mL $50.00 Score: 95/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Syrah Malbec 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Exceptional wine made only in exceptional years. A river of black cherry liqueur richness with dark spices and violets. Full-bodied, complex and deep. Equal parts Malbec and Syrah: the Syrah really adds texture and richness in the mid-palate. Aged 20 months in French and American oak. 14% XD 750 mL $90.00 Score: 96/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Alfa Spiga Tinta Del Pais 2004, Berlangas De Roa, Spain: Lovely blend of complexity and elegance. Mouth-filling flavors of dark berries, spices and smoke. Elegant, balanced and long lived. Aged 18 months in French and American oak. Grapes come from 70-year-old vines. Absolutely superb! 14% XD 750 mL $65.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Spiga Tinta Del Pais 2004, Berlangas De Roa, Spain: Gorgeous concentration with a good balance of oak in the back of the fruit aromas. Silky tannins for an opulent mouth-feel. The grapes come from 50-year-old vines. Great finesse! 14% XD 750 mL $45.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Urban Ribera Tinta Del Pais 2006, Berlangas De Roa, Spain: An amazing wine for the money! Juicy red-black fruit, nicely integrated oak. Good coffee-mocha grip on the mid-palate with a gorgeous coffee-infused finish. 14% XD 750 mL $14.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Urban Merlot Carignon Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2008, Maule Valley, Chile: Aromas of dark plums and blackberry and dark cherry marmalade. Full-bodied and eminently quaffable. Great acidity for food. Aged 3 months in oak barrels. A blend of 45% Merlot, 25% Carignan, 20% Cabernet France and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14% XD 750 mL $14.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Centauri Cabernet Sauvignon Carignan Merlot 2007, Maule Valley, Chile: Great structure with a terrific core of ripe cassis and blackberry. Grapes come from 60-120 year-old vines. This is a blend of 30% Carignan, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 30% Merlot. It was aged in oak barrels for 12 months. A very well-made wine. 14% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Vistalba Corte A Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Great concentration of aromas and flavors in this full-bodied red with notes of black cherry liqueur, ripe blackberries, dark chocolate and vanilla spice. A smoke-infused finish comes from 18 months aging in French oak barrels. Terrific balance and length in this blend of 90% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. A great wine to give as a gift. 16% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tomero Reserva Vistalba Petit Verdot 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Nicely balance, full-bodied red with black plum and blackberry aromas. Richly concentrated but not heavy. Perfect for barbecues and potluck gatherings. 15% XD 750 mL $16.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tomero Vistalba Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Generous and juicy-ripe purple plums and cherry liqueur. Full-bodied and generous. About 20% of this wine was aged in French. Tasty from start to finish. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benmarco Expresivo Dominio Del Plata Malbec Tannat Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: An expression of pure fruit juiciness and deliciousness. Black fruit, smoke and dark spices. Good weight and length. For those who like full-on wines with fruit power. Aged 14 months in French and American oak, this is a blend of 60% Malbec, 10% Tannat, 10% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Brioso Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot Merlot 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Fantastic expression of elegance, balance and finesse. Old World restraint with New World fruit power. Aromas of dark fruit: cassis and blackcurrant in this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. This wine was aged 14 months in new French oak barrels. An international benchmark wine. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 95/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Malbec Bonrada 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Terrific balance in this wine oozing juicy ripe dark fruit balanced by mouth-watering acidity. Full-bodied and delicious, this is a blend of 90% Malbec and 10% Bonardo. Malbec contributes the richness and fruit depth, while Bonarda brings the zingy, mouth-awakening acidity. Aged 11 months in French and American oak. Superb effort. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Dominio Del Plata Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: A pleasantly surprising attack on the entry awakens mind and palate and announces this wine. Rich aromas of black fruit and smoke, with a zingy acidity. Great structure and length. This wine was aged 13 months in French oak. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy and mouth-filling with rich dark fruit flavors that spread peacock-style across your mouth. Blackberry, cassis and black cherry with a smoky undernote. Full-bodied blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot. Aged 11 months in French and American oak. Lovely expression of terroir. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Dominio Del Plata Syrah Bonarda 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: A spicy number with fleshy blackberries and dark cherries. Terrific acidity and a smoke-tinged finish. This is a blend of equal parts Syrah and Bonarda and was aged 9 months in French and American oak. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Dominio Del Plata Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Black cherries and strawberries on the nose with a profusion of a field of violets on the palate. Full-bodied and fleshy ripe with round, velvet tannins and great balance. You will know Malbec when you taste this wine. A blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Bonarda that was aged 9 months in French and American oak. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salentein Reserve Pinot Noir 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Love this wine! A cherry river of flavor is balanced by excellent acidity and structure. I opened this wine and finished it 5 days later, amazed at how it held together. Great acidity and a satisfying finish. A wine to drink while watching a sunset, or a screen saver of a sunset. 14% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca El Portillo Salentein Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: A plush wine with dark fruit and mocha notes. Good tannins so decant for 1-2 hours. Full-bodied. 14% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salentein Reserve Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Stunning concentration of aromas and flavors with excellent balance. Round, polished tannins give a velvet mouth-feel. This wine was aged 14 months in French oak. 640854 14.5% XD 750 mL $24.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salentein Numina Malbec Merlot 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: A blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Merlot adds richness and complexity to this wine. Dark fruit with a smoky finish. Full-bodied and balanced. A wine to give for special occasions. 15% XD 750 mL $45.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Primus Salentein Malbec 2004, Mendoza, Argentina: Perfectly balanced with wonderfully concentrated aromas of blackberries and plums. Aged 18 months in new French oak. Elegant and exceptional. An icon wine for Argentina. 16% XD 750 mL $65.00 Score: 94/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xumek Sol Huarpe Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Plush plums give this wine a generously supple texture. Lovely spice notes on the nose with a blackberry finish. Balanced and full-bodied. About 10% of this wine was aged for 5 months in French and American oak. 1170 14% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xumek Sol Huarpe Syrah 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Ripe raspberries and strawberries waft from the glass, while ripe blackberries and rose petals follow on the palate. Polished tannins give a silky mouth-feel. Syrah food pairings: ostrich, game meats, grilled steak. 1171 14% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xumek Sol Huarpe Reserve Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: A rich and velvety wine with a core of ripe blackberry and cassis. Notes of mocha, coffee and dark spices. Full-bodied and balanced. This wine was aged for 12 months in French and American oak. A marvelous wine! 14% XD 750 mL $25.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Young Varietal Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: A terrific wine for the money! Rich and dark with a good grip from polished tannins. Mocha, dark plums and a whiff of smoke make for a delicious combination. Decant for 1-2 hours. Perfect for casual gatherings. 14% XD 750 mL $12.99 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Young Varietal Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: A fresh and full-bodied wine with ripe cassis and blackberry. Clean tannins are wonderfully palate cleansing. Balanced. A terrific value. 589556 14% XD 750 mL $10.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Barrel Select Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Deep and rich with a wonderful weaving between the fruit and oak. Dark fruit with some spice and vanilla. About 50% of this wine was aged in oak for 12 months, which adds complexity and richness. 860429 14% XD 750 mL $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Reserva Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: The three vines on the label indicate a more focused effort on fewer, higher quality grapes in this wine. The vineyard is at a high altitude: 1100 meters above sea and the vines are 60 years old for naturally low, concentrated yields. Deep color and complexity with aromas of black fruit and subtle oak. 10689930 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Privado Malbec Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: An elegant wine with terrific structure and length. Aged 16 months in French oak. This wine is a blend of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Perfect for dinner parties. 860411 14% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Plummy-rich with subtle cassis, this wine is delicious! Full-bodied and elegant with excellent persistence of flavor. 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Perdriel Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: A velvet river of flavor flows with this wine. The vines come from a mix of soils close to the Mendoza river and Andes foothills. It's a blend of 60% Malbec, 28% cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Intoxicating aromas of plum, deep berry and violets. 1009008 14% XD 750 mL $55.28 Score: 94/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Gernot Langes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2003, Mendoza, Argentina: Incredible depth and length in this blend of 70% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The best grapes are selected from all the vineyards that Norton owns to make this wine and only about 4000 bottles are produced. The wine is monumental and memorable. 14% XD 750 mL $80.00 Score: 94/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Telteca Anta Finca Agostino Malbec 2004, Mendoza, Argentina: Terrific balance here with enticing notes of black plum, licorice and dark spices. Velvet texture. Aged for 12 months in French and American oak, however the fresh fruit essence is preserved. 93690 13.5% XD 750 mL $20.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Telteca Gran Reserva Finca Agostino Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Syrah 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Elegant and full-bodied. More restrained than the pure Malbec with less fruit up front and greater length on the finish. Pleasant aromas of cassis and blackberry. This wine is a blend of 35% Malbec, 35% cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Syrah. This bottle would make a nice graduation gift (for college students). Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Syrah food pairings: oven-cooked meats, dishes with herbs and spices. 11159367 14% XD 750 mL $24.90 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Familia Agostino Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Syrah 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Great complexity and depth with mouth-filling richness on the palate. Cassis, black plum and blackberry predominate. This wine is a blend of 50% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 10% Merlot. Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Syrah food pairings: pasta in a spicy or meat sauce. 11124279 14% XD 750 mL $35.75 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lagarde D.O.C. Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Mouth-filling flavors of mocha, dark chocolate, black plum. Aged in French oak for 12 months. The grapes come from 100-year-old vines that are tended to by an 82-year-old vineyard manager. Good acidity and a pleasant grip on the finish. 654681 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lagarde Guarda Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Merlot 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Elegant, balanced and restrained with dark fruit and subtle oak. A blend of 40% Malbec, 30% cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 10% Merlot. 11167922 14% XD 750 mL $25.95 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lagarde Henry Gran Guarda Nr 1 Cabernet France Malbec Syrah 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: A blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Malbec and 30% Syrah that was aged two years in French oak and one year in the bottle. Black cherry-raspberry aromas are rich and deep with smooth, supple, concentrated palate of flavor. 14% XD 750 mL $59.95 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: A gorgeous expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, with all of this grape's power, structure, richness and classic flavors of cassis and blackberry. Polished silky tannins for a velvet mouth-feel. 77776 14% XD 750 mL $18.95 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrazas De Los Andes Afincado Malbec 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Terrific structure yet the tannins don't accumulate in your mouth like an astringent car crash. It remains full-bodied and fresh with ripe fleshy dark fruit. A towering wine of distinction. 29280 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cheval Des Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: A spicy, smoky, sexy number that is one of Argentina's icon wines. Produced by a joint venture between Argentina's Terrazas winery and Bordeaux's Chateau Cheval Blanc, this masterpiece of winemaking spares no expense, from pitifully low yields in the vineyards to the best French oak barrels. Black plums, licorice and blackberries co-mingle in this unforgettable wine. One for collectors. This is a blend of 60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot , 7% Petit Verdot. 78675 14% XD 750 mL $85.00 Score: 96/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Cheval Des Andes Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2001, Mendoza, Argentina: Here's proof that Argentine wines can age beautifully, taking on deep flavors and more complexity. We find tertiary aromas of leather (saddle naturally), violets, spice and cigar box. This one is ready to drink now but will likely last another 8 years. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 60% , Malbec 40%. Magnificent! 14% XD 750 mL $85.00 Score: 96/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Velvet-rich with persistent flavors of blackberry and black cherry. Just a touch of mocha and cassis in the background. Full-bodied and balanced. About 85% of this wine was made from grapes that were grown on 40-year-old vines. 14% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: A towering wine with terrific structure and depths of violet-blackberry aromas. Round, smooth and supple with whiff of vanilla smoke in the background. 14% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Icon Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: This as yet unnamed flagship wine for Kaiken is breath-taking in it's scope and depth. It's made by blending Malbec grapes from different vineyards that the estate owns. Classic, deep, rich and redolent of dark fruit and smoke. A wine for collectors. 14% XD 750 mL Score: 95/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Textual Zuccardi Caladoc 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Round dark plums and polished tannins give this full-bodied red a lovely mouth-filling texture and flavor. Caladoc is grape that was created by crossing Malbec and Grenache grapes. 606582 14% XD 750 mL $17.99 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Julia Organica Zuccardi Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Made from organic grapes, this rich red offers aromas of black cherry, plum, and a touch of dark spice. Plummy, round and so easy to drink. Malbec food pairings: steak, pasta in tomato sauce, hard cheeses. 735417 14% XD 750 mL $12.99 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Julia Reserva Zuccardi Tempranillo 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Brambleberries and blackberries co-mingle for enticing aromas that draw you closer to the glass. Next up are toasted almonds and vanilla smoke from the 10 months of aging in American oak barrels. A superb effort. 14% XD 750 mL $13.99 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Julia Magma Zuccardi Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Syrah 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Gorgeous depth and length of flavor in this luxuriously rich and delicious red. This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec and 10% Syrah. The price is incredible for the quality of this wine. In my Drinks Matcher (www.nataliemaclean.com/matcher), I pair this wine with various hearty dishes. This wine will be part of the September Vintages release, though you may be able to find it elsewhere before then. 93799 13.8% XD 750 mL $14.99 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: A profusion of black fruit and smoke on the nose followed by fleshy ripe berries and black cherries on the palate. A dark-spiced infused finish. Another wine from this winery that tastes at least twice as expensive as it costs. 741520 14% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Zuccardi Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: My favorite wine in a terrific line-up from this producer. Concentration, structure, elegance and deliciousness: it's got it all. Black fruit and a warm heart. 10665250 14% XD 750 mL $49.00 Score: 94/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Made from grapes grown in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, this spicy-black-fruited wine has wonderful depth and concentration of flavor. It was aged 18 months in French oak. A lovely tobacco-infused finish. 1009646 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: This wine was aged for 18 months in French oak. It offers aromas of dark spice, bell pepper and red currant. Full-bodied and delicious. 11128641 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Vina Cristina Y Bibiana Coletta Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Made from grapes grown in a single vineyard and the wine is named after the vineyard owners. Notes of licorice, cassis and plums. Full-bodied. 11023902 14% XD 750 mL $39.99 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Vina Adrianna Venturrin Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: This vineyard was planted in 1959 990 meters above sea level and the wine is named after the vineyard owner. A meaty, tasting wine with aromas of plums and dark berries. 11023890 14% XD 750 mL $39.99 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Vina Frederico Villafame Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: This vineyard is planted at 1102 meters above sea level and displays dazzling black cherry and coffee-spice notes. 11023911 14% XD 750 mL $39.99 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Iscay Malbec Merlot 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Equal portions from Malbec and Merlot blend to create an extraordinary wine with cassis, blackberry and dark spice. Iscay means "two" in the local native Quechuan language of the Incas. Elegant and plush, this wine was aged 18 months n French oak. 99291 14.5% XD 750 mL $55.00 Score: 94/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graffigna Centenario Centario Reserve Malbec 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Full-bodied, generous and supple with aromas of dark plums and berries. Soft tannins and nice depth. 93724 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Centario Reserve Syrah 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: More plush than the Malbec, this wine offers gorgeously ripe plums and soft notes of rose petals. 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graffigna Centenario Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Very structured and full-bodied with notes of ripe cassis, blackberry and blackcurrant. Smooth with a mocha finish. 93716 14% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Limited Edition Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Beautifully structured, elegant and restrained. Mature blackberries and black cherries. Aged in French for 12 months. 14% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Limited Edition Sangiovese 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Evocative of a field of wild raspberries with other dark fruits. Dark chocolate infused finish. Made from grapes grown on 75-year-old vines. 14% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Malbec 2006, Mendoza, Argentina: Intense violet and black fruit aromas with smoky oak in the background. 14% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Bodega Benegas Don Tiburcio Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Dark and rich with excellent balance and acidity. Dark chocolate and mature berry aromas. 4793 14% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lynch Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Towering structure and elegance. Mocha and blackberry aromas. A wine for collectors. 14% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 94/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: Very structured with Old World Finesse. Black fruit with a touch of mint. Aged 18 months in French oak. 14% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 93/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Limited Edition Syrah 2005, Mendoza, Argentina: My favorite wine in a terrific line-up from this producer. Generous, balanced and plush. Aged 12 months in French oak. Aromas of violets, cinnamon and blackberry. Superb. 14% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 96/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Banrock Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Australia: Time to get over your preconceived notions about TetraPaks! This wine is tasty, with notes of blackberries and cassis. It's full-bodied, straight-forward and user-friendly. This makes so much sense for camping, poolside and cottages. 669870 14% D 1000 mL $13.75 Score: 86/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Banrock Station Shiraz 2007, Australia, Australia: Time to get over your preconceived notions about TetraPaks! A juicy-berry quaffer with full-bodied aromas of ripe plums. It's full-bodied, straight-forward and user-friendly. This makes so much sense for camping, poolside and cottages. 668962 13.5% D 1000 mL $13.75 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wild Horse Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, British Columbia, Washington, California, United States: A full-bodied, gulpable Cabernet with notes of blackberries and oak. This wine is made from a blend of grapes from the three west coast regions. 13% D 750 mL $13.15 Score: 86/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Wild Horse Canyon Merlot 2007, British Columbia, Washington, California, United States: A full-bodied, smooth-drinking Merlot with notes of ripe plums. This wine was made from grapes from the three west coast regions. 54411 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 85/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Briccotondo Fontanafredda Barbera 2008, Piedmont, Italy: A supple wine with dark berries and plums and a smoky-mocha finish. Full-bodied. Aged in French oak for 6 months. Barbera food pairings: cured meats. 72348 13.5% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Dominio Del Malpica Osborne Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Spain, Spain: An incredible wine for the money: full-bodied, rich and smooth. Pleasing notes of cassis, blackberry and mocha. This wine was aged 12 months in oak barrels. 32011 13.7% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Los Molinos Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2001, Valdepenas, Spain: A full-bodied red with black cherries and toasty oak. Perfect for potlucks. 620971 13% D 750 mL $13.90 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Hecula Bodegas Castano Monastrell (Mouvedre) 2006, Yecla, Spain: An attractive dark wine with black fruit, licorice, dark spices and smoky oak. Full-bodied with good persistence of flavor. 718999 14% D 750 mL $13.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Castina Di Negrar Amarone 2005, Valpolicella, Italy: Incredibly vibrant and much lighter tasting than the alcohol level would indicate. Feels like a medium-bodied wine. Bright ripe cherries and red currants. Excellent finish. 44784 14.5% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Fuzion Zuccardi Malbec Shiraz 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: You can't beat the quality at this price: this wine will make a lot of people happy. Simple but delicious with aromas of dark fruit and a touch of smoky oak. Full-bodied and supple. 83188 13% D 750 mL $7.45 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Yalumba The Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2007, South Australia, Australia: Delicious full-bodied red with dark berries and a lift in the mid-palate from the Viognier. 624494 13% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Clancy's Peter Lehmann Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2005, Barossa Valley, Australia: Rich and ready to drink with big friendly flavors of black plums, berries, dark chocolate and smoke. Smooth and full-bodied. 611467 14.5% D 750 mL $18.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Closson Chase Pinot Noir 2007, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: A beautifully rich and vibrant Pinot with vividly ripe cherry, plum and mushroom. Needs aging but is already silky and supple. I adore this wine! 13% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girl's Night Out Colio Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: A full-bodied, supple red with enticing aromas of cherries and plums. Perfect for casual get togethers and girls' (and boys') nights in. 54201 12% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca Flichman Reserva Malbec 2007, Argentina, Argentina: Deep, rich, ripe purple and dark plums mingle with blackberries and dark spices. Supple, robust and smooth, this wine delivers lots of quaffable flavor and pleasure. Perfect for casual get-togethers. This wine will be available in the Vintages August 15 release, though you may find it elsewhere before then. Malbec food pairings: steak. Drink: 2009 - 2009 746727 13.5% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ros├ęs

Ampakama Casa Montes Syrah 2008, San Juan, Argentina: A juicy, fruit, straight-forward, full-bodied, bone-dry rose. Deep color with aromas of strawberries, tart cherries and currants. Syrah food pairings: seafood, pate, cold chicken, grilled salmon. 12% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Dominio Del Plata Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Berry-rich yet light and nimble on the palate. Bone-dry with intoxicating aromas of strawberries. A wine for a perfect summer day. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca El Portillo Rose Salentein Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Strawberry nose with rose petals and cherries on the palate. Elegant, bone-dry and restrained. 13% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Kaiken Rose Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Love it! A field of ripe strawberries: refreshing and bone dry. Lovely acidity and amazing quality. The winemaker used the press method rather than saignee and a low-temperature fermentation to create a wine of elegance. 12% D 750 mL $15.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Jean Jean Rose Syrah 2008, Vin De Pays D'oc, France: Imminently quaffable and light as laughter. Wild strawberries and bone dry. 355347 13% D 750 mL $9.95 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lamberti Rose Pinot Grigio 2008, Italy: Light and lovely with faint aromas of field strawberries. Bone-dry. 622118 12% 750 mL $11.95 Score: 86/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Alicia Rose Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008, Maipo Valley, Chile: Lovely medium-bodied, dry rose with aromas of ripe strawberries and raspberries. Perfect for a picnic. 73528 13% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Mezzomondo Rose Merlot 2008, Veneto, Italy: Juicy, mouth-watering, smooth and medium-bodied with aromas of tart cherries and raspberries. Don't think, drink. 125781 12% D 750 mL $8.95 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sparkling Wine

Progenie Brut Nature Sparkling Wine Vistalba Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina: Vivacious notes of green apples, melon and brioche. Creamy, toasty goodness. A wonderful wine to celebrate life. 12% XD 750 mL $18.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Cosecha Especial Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina: A zesty bubbly made using the traditional methode from all Chardonnay grapes. Notes of green apples and lime. Clean, fresh and satisfying. 12% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Cosecha Especial Rose Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Mendoza, Argentina: A lovely sparkling wine infused with ripe field strawberries. Clean and fresh with persistent flavor and bubbles. 12% XD 750 mL $21.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Baron B Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Mendoza, Argentina: This fresh, effervescent sparkler is made by Chandon in Argentina and owned by Champagne's Moet & Chandon. It spent 18 months on its lees to add creaminess and rich texture to this toasty blend of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Aromas of green apples and freshly baked bread. This is a blend of 60% chardonnay 40% Pinot Noir. 13% XD 750 mL $30.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Segura Viudas Cava Sparkling Wine Parellada Malcabeo Xarel-Lo, Penedes, Spain: An astonishing bubbly for the money! Deep, toasty and burnished bronze with lovely almond and baked bread aromas. Full-bodied and long-lasting. A blend of 35% Parellada, 50% Macabeo and 15% Xarel-lo grapes. Aged 24-36 months in the bottle. You will be thought brilliant for serving this wine at any celebration, small or large. 158493 11.8% XD 750 mL $14.65 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

White Wine

Trivento Reserve Viognier 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: A lovely, fresh, delicate white from Mendoza's Uco Valley. Good length and great acidity. Pleasing aromas of tropical fruit (melon) and white flowers. Terrific as an aperitif or food companion. 14% D 750 mL $12.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Golden Reserve Chardonnay 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: An expressive Chardonnay from the Tupungato region of Mendoza. Round, generous and buttery with alluring notes of ripe peach. Terrific acidity gives balance to the fruit and oak. This wine was aged for 11 months in French barrels. 14% XD 750 mL $24.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trivento Select Torrontes 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: A simple, delicious white sipper with notes of orange peel, white flowers, grapefruit and a dab of white peach. Good acidic attack keeps it fresh. Drink young. 13% XD 750 mL $12.95 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Viognier 2009, San Juan, Argentina: A vibrantly fresh wine with expressive notes of ripe melon, apples, peach and jasmine. Terrific acidity and balance. Viognier food pairings: seafood, sushi, salads, mild to medium curries. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Casa Montes Chardonnay 2009, San Juan, Argentina: Rich, round notes of pineapple, melon and green apple. Excellent acidity and balance; terrific value for the price. Full-bodied and generous. Chardonnay food pairings: fried fish or chicken, pasta in a cream sauce. 14% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Intenso Casa Montes Chardonnay 2008, San Juan, Argentina: A big, buttery Chardonnay with lovely notes of vanilla spice, ripe peach and apples. About 20% of the wine was fermented in French and American oak barrels to add creaminess and richness. Terrific unctuous texture and pineapple finish. 14% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Ampakama Don Baltazar Casa Montes Chardonnay Viognier 2007, San Juan, Argentina: A beautifully expressive blend of equal portions of Chardonnay and Viognier. This wine offers enticing notes of ripe melon, dried apricot, honeysuckle and peach. Barrel fermented and aged 6 months in French and American oak. Chardonnay Viognier food pairings: white meats, seafood, rice dishes, creamy cheeses. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Callia Alta Chardonnay 2008, San Juan, Argentina: A fresh and simple Chardonnay with no oak. Aromas of white peach and green melon with good acidity. 14% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

O. Fournier Urban Uco Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely aromatics of vibrant citrus-lime and some tropical fruit. Not herbal or grassy. Very fresh with good acidity. No oak. 12% XD 750 mL $10.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Tomero Reserva Vistalba Semillon Chardonnay 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: A lovely mingling of pineapple, lanolin, lime and lemon notes in this blend of 90% Semillon and 10% Chardonnay. Great acidity and weight on the palate with excellent persistence of flavors. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Semillon Chardonnay food pairings: risotto, grilled fish such as tuna and salmon, corn dishes. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Crios Dominio Del Plata Torrontes 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: A heady cloud of lychee, white flowers, peach and lime. Juicy fruit that's not dry or bitter. A lovely finish to a long day makes this a perfect 9 pm wine. Torrontes food pairings: sushi, Thai, curries, seafood. 14% XD 750 mL $15.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Finca El Portillo Salentein Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Lime-fresh, not herbal or grassy with an excellent mouth-watering attack of acidity. Refreshment defined. 13% XD 750 mL $12.00 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Salentein Reserve Chardonnay 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely balance and richness, not too oaky. Round and generous with buttery goodness and notes of green apples and melon play across the palate. Lobster anyone? 14% XD 750 mL $20.00 Score: 90/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Xumek Sol Huarpe Chardonnay 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Dazzling green apples with butterscotch notes at the back. Creamy and rich; beautifully balanced. About 60% of this wine was aged in French oak. 7568 14% XD 750 mL $17.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Norton Young Varietal Torrontes 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: A lovely floral sipper with notes of green melon and lime zest. Great acidity. Makes a perfect aperitif or companion to many dishes. 14% XD 750 mL $12.99 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Lagarde Viognier 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Intensely aromatic with notes of white flowers, rose petal and white peach. Great texture, weight and length. A pleasant lychee finish. 160820 14% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Terrazas De Los Andes Reserva Torrontes 2008, Salta, Argentina: This refreshing white is redolent of flower of cassis, lime-citrus, white flowers and white peach. The grapes come from a high altitude vineyard 1800 meters above sea level. It has weight and unctuous texture without being heavy. Good tension from start to finish. Drink young. 14% XD 750 mL $18.00 Score: 91/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Santa Julia Organica Torrontes 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Crisp, floral and so very pretty. This lovely white is bursting with aromas of peach, citrus and May blossoms. Good body, bone dry. Great as an aperitif or with many dishes. Torrontes food pairings: salads, mild to medium curries and Asian dishes, seafood, pork. 14% XD 750 mL $12.99 Score: 89/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Trapiche Finca Las Palmas Chardonnay 2007, Mendoza, Argentina: Butterscotch-rich with aromas of ripe pineapple and vanilla spice. Great depth and length. Full-bodied. Aged in French oak for 9 months. Chardonnay food pairings: cream and butter sauces, white meats, fish. 11128659 14% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 92/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Graffigna Centenario Centario Reserve Pinot Grigio 2008, San Juan, Argentina: A terrific and refreshing white with aromas of green melon, grapefruit and white flowers. Great as an aperitif or food companion. 93732 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.94 Score: 88/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling 2007, Mosel, Germany: Soft and welcoming with lovely aromas of ripe peach, pear, lime and apples. Light-bodied with good balancing acidity. 233718 8.8% D 750 mL $10.30 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Pelee Island Winery Gew├╝rztraminer Riesling 2006, V.Q.A., Ontario, Canada: Light and lovely with soft notes of white pear, melon, lychee and rose petal. 109991 12.5% D 750 mL $10.95 Score: 86/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Girl's Night Out Colio Estates Riesling 2008, V.Q.A., Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario, Canada: Floral and dare I say "pretty"? A lovely light white that works nicely as an aperitif or as a companion to many light dishes. Aromas of ripe each and white melon. 54101 12% D 750 mL $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 2009. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart


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