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Top 10 Wines for Animal Lovers

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The Little Penguin Chardonnay 2009, South Eastern Australia, Australia: Terrific buttery and peachy Chardonnay. Round, full-bodied and absolutely delicious. Nice toasty vanilla smoke on the finish. 598904 12%  750 mL  $10.95 Score: 86/100. January 14, 2011 Full Review
Cat Amongst The Pigeons Nine Lives Rosedale Wines Shiraz 2009, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Lip-smacking delicious with juicy purple and black plums that any cat would love. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Nice price. Drink: 2011-2015. 93138 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. November 12, 2011 Full Review
Featherstone Winery Black Sheep Riesling 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So beautiful! This riesling has it all: juicy, peach and lime aromas, balance, complexity, length and lambs. (That was a baaaaah-d joke, I know.) Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. These folks are Riesling Masters: Ka-pow! Drink: 2011-2016. 80234 10% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 92/100. April 16, 2011 Favourite White Wine. Full Review
Lingenfelder Bird Label Riesling 2010, Q.B.A., Pfalz, Germany: Summer forever! I'm buying 2 cases. Light-bodied with delicate pear and peach aromas. The moderated sweetness makes it a divine aperitif or companion to many dishes from glazed ham to Asian and spicy. Drink: 2012-2016. 568634 10.50% M 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 89/100. June 9, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy great and refreshing! It's a burst of lemon sunshine on a cloudy day. Great food wine. Drink: 2012-2014. 677450 13.50% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 90/100. September 29, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Monkey Bay Pinot Grigio 2008, New Zealand, New Zealand: Vibrant and refreshing with notes of white melon, grapefruit, granny smith apple and lime. Closed with a screwcap. 93666 13% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. July 11, 2009 Full Review
Leopard's Leap Family Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2009, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: Riveting and intense with aromas of green grass, gooseberry, asparagus and fresh herbs. Dry and racy with excellent aroma replays on the palate. Vibrant, full-throttled New World style of Sauvignon Blanc for your backyard barbecue. My note: Grassy and herbal with terrific refreshment! Needs food. 146886 13.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 88/100. June 12, 2010 Full Review
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Syrah Cinsaut Grenache 2009, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: This blend of 59% Syrah, 21% Cinsaut and 20% Grenache is clearly influenced by the blends made famous in the Rhône. Made using the superior saignée (free-run juice) method, this wine exhibits aromas of sweet cherry, strawberry and citrus. Dry and fresh with good fruit tones playing beneath. Enjoy this wine. My note: Bone-dry with notes of cranberries and raspberries. Refreshing. 169409 13% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 86/100. July 24, 2010 Full Review
Porcupine Ridge Collection Limited Release Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Viognier 2008, W.O., Coastal Region, South Africa: Vintages Wine Panel: Deep ruby-purple colour with aromas of raspberry, blueberry pie, hot tar, woodsmoke, cinnamon spice and tomato paste. Dry, ripely fruity with fresh acids and light, youthful tannins. Very approachable wine that finishes very well. Cellar it 1-3 years or enjoy it tonight. My note: The white grape Viognier is just what’s needed in this blend to lift and brighten such a full-bodied red. Gorgeously fleshy rip blackberry and black raspberry. So delicious. Top me up! Drink: 2011-2014. 79442 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. October 29, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Frog's Leap Merlot 2008, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, United States: A terrific, juicy Merlot with give-me-more aromas and flavours of dark plums and a little smoke. Decant 2 hours. This Californian Merlot is produced by a winery founded in 1981 by John Williams and Larry Turley. The grapes are dry farmed and it shows here in the depth and complexity of this wine. Balanced and delicious. Drink: 2012-2016. 707489 13.50% D 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 91/100. March 17, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Outstanding Organic Wine Full Review

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