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TILIA The Wines Of Catena Torrontes 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Absolutely stunning! Floral with ripe peach aromas. This lovely, refreshing white blooms in the glass with melon and white roses. It's exotic but approachable and ultimately satisfying. A terrific aperitif or partner to even tough dishes such as Asian spices, curries, vegetarian dishes, seafood and shellfish. 13.50% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. May 14, 2010 Full Review
Caliterra Caliterra Vineyard, Estate Grown Caliterra Bio Sur Carmenere Reserva Especial 2008, Chile, Chile: An incredible value for the price! This tasty red bursts with juicy ripe berries and plums. Some dark spices on the finish. It's rich, smooth and full-bodied. This would be a "wow" party wine and you won't break the bank. 142711 14% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. January 6, 2010 Full Review
Concha Y Toro Trio Reserva Merlot Carmenère Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Rapel Valley, Chile: So darn tasty! Yum! Dark chocolate on the nose gives way to fleshy blackberries and plums. Full-bodied and rich with good depth and concentration. This blend is mostly Merlot with a dash of Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. An incredible value. 433920 14% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. February 6, 2010 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Domaine Puig-Parahy Georges Carignan Grenache Syrah 2007, A.C., Côtes De Roussillon, Midi, France: A blend of Carignan, Grenache and a little Syrah. Fantastic peppery, blackberry nose! Supple and full-bodied with a deep, dark concentration of flavour. Chewy tannins and a long, satisfying finish. I can’t believe how low the price is for this one. Drink: 2010-2015. 171025 14.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 91/100. May 1, 2010 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Artazuri Viñedos Artazu Garnacha 2008, D.O., Navarra, Spain: Love the peppered back raspberries! This is such a top-me-up-again kind of wine. Great for parties too given the price. Full-bodied and dripping with gorgeous black fruit flavour. 80812 14.40% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 90/100. April 3, 2010 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review

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