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Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Absolutely phenomenal for the price! Here’s your summer party wine by the case. Juicy blackberry liqueur rich aromas and flavours. Full-bodied and ultra-smooth. Pair with barbecued meats and late-night conversations. Drink: 2013-2017. 677559 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 11, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Benmarco Dominio Del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: Classic cassis and blackcurrant aromas in this robust red wine from one of Argentina's best winemakers. Savoury, juicy and full-bodied. Great price! Try it with a hearty meat dish. Mendoza is considered the premium wine region of Argentina, with its backdrop of the Andes Mountains. Although it is better known for Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon is on the rise and is done in a both rich and vibrant red wine style. Drink: 2015-2019. 232637 14% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 92/100. August 8, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir 2012, Tasmania, Australia: Cherry-berry fleshy ripe yet not heavy: zippy and vibrant with mouth-awakening vivaciousness. Love Tasmanian Pinot Noir, and buy it whenever I can... Cool climate but still ripe Pinot that's a fraction of the cost of French Burgundy. Pair with pork tenderloin. 411512 13% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 91/100. July 25, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
D'arenberg D'arry's Original Shiraz Grenache 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: This robust Australian red wine is 50-50 blend of Shiraz and Grenache grapes with enticing aromas of fleshy black fruit, spice and pepper. It offers a long finish with polished tannins. Pair with grilled hamburgers. Drink: 2013-2018. 942904 13.90% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. July 25, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Casa Silva Los Lingues Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Big and fleshy with plush plums and berries that elbow each other for your attention. Loaded with flavour and pleasure. Very smooth and finishing with cedar brush and tart woodland blackberries. Pair with strip loin steak. Drink: 2013-2017. 640870 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. July 25, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Château De Treviac Arnaud Sié 2012, Corbières, Midi A.P., France: A luscious, smoky, full-bodied blend of syrah and grenache grapes, at a terrific price. Black pepper and fleshy black plum aromas. Velvet texture. Awesome! The southern French region of Corbières is often underestimated, and yet it's capable of producing blockbuster reds like this one. Usually carignan is part of the blend, but not in this case. Intense and satisfying. Pair with ribeye steak. Drink: 2015-2018. 670505 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 92/100. August 8, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2009, East-Central Sicily, Italy: Gorgeous blackberry and juniper aromas with an attractive tarry core. Fleshy ripe blackberries tumble over one another across your mouth. This is a steal at this price ... someone in accounting has obviously made a mistake so buy it while you can. Drink: 2010-2014. 143164 14% XD 750 mL  $9.95 Score: 89/100. July 20, 2010 Full Review
Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Tuscany I.G.T., Italy: Full-bodied, savoury and meaty with a good grip on the palate of this Italian red wine. Could use cellar time and/or decanting 2 hours. Loaded with aromas and flavours of black fruit, smoke, mocha, and tanned leather. Great structure, long finish, deep satisfaction. The Cabernet grapes in this wine grow on vines planted on hillsides in Gaville, which is close to Florence, as well as in Chianciano and Montepulciano in Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2014-2018. 996553 12.50% D 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 92/100. July 25, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Pegos Claros 2010, Palmela D.O.C., Portugal: This is incredibly delicious! Full-bodied, juicy, smooth, with black and purple plum liqueur and fleshy blueberries. Produced by winemaker Frederico Falcão, this full-bodied Portuguese red wine is made from grapes grown on the winery's estate farm in the Palmela region from the local variety Castelao. The vines grow in sandy soils and are harvested via traditional methods with a foot treading for pressing and open lager fermentation and oak maturation. The grapes grow on old vines which lends concentration and aging potential to the wine. You can't beat the price here. Great party wine when the party involves hearty meat dishes. Stock up! Drink: 2013-2018. 385252 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. July 25, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Magnificent Meat Pizza Wine Full Review
Marques De Riscal White Regional Blended White 2008, Rueda, Spain  36822 12.50% D 750 mL  $12.85. July 18, 2008 Full Review

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