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Vintages Release January 2, 2014

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Maetierra Dominum Old vines 2005, Rioja, Spain: A terrific blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnache Noir grapes in this elegant, full-bodied red that offers black cherry aromas. Aged in French barrels which gives it a vanilla-toast finish. Drink: 2012 - 2015 246660 14.6% XD 750 mL $19.95 Score: 91/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Sister's Run Epiphany Shiraz 2011, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Fantastic for the money! Full-bodied with a streak of acidity that holds together the fleshy dark fruit flavours. Full-bodied and layered. Plush and lush, right through a terrific finish. Great for BBQ! Shiraz food pairings: marinated steaks, mild Thai beef curry, black bean soup, lamb cutlets, veal. Drink: 2012 - 2015 269464 14% D 750 mL $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

Valpantena Torre Del Falasco Ripasso Valpolicella 2011, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Savoury and delicious; tastes like twice the price. Blackberry, cedar, wild black raspberry aromas on the nose. Some kind of wonderful! There's some lovely dried herbs, mocha-dark chocolate and smoke on the finish. Try it with Italian cheeses and try not to smile. Ripasso Valpolicella food pairings: game, hearty beef stew, grilled veggies, turkey sandwich, borscht, meaty pasta, grilled beef, flavourful cheeses. Drink: 2012 - 2015 642421 13% D 750 mL $16.95 Score: 90/100. January 2014. Full Review Add to Shopping Cart

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