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Baron-Fuenté Grand Cépages Chardonnay, Champagne A.C., France: So creamy and rich: love it. The taste of luxury. I love what this Champagne does to the top back roof of my mouth... tickle, caress. A light, luminescent hue in the glass like filtered sunshine after spring rain. A silky taste bud tease. Drink: 2016-2022. 471045 12.50% XD 750 mL  $71.95 Score: 95/100. November 12, 2016 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Bonacchi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: A smooth, supple Brunello that's approachable now. Often you have to wait a lot longer before Brunello of this age is ready to drink. Attractive aromas of black fruit, tar, violets and smoke. Pair with mushroom risotto or duck comfit. Drink: 2012-2020. 266965 13.50% XD 750 mL  $35.80 Score: 90/100. October 15, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Cantine Due Palme Primitivo 2014, Salento, Puglia I.G.P., Italy: Dark chocolate and mocha aromas on the nose with fleshy ripe blackberry notes. Lovely toasty oak on the finish. Medium- to full-bodied. Supple and smooth but packed with flavour, just as a Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) grape-based wine should be. Try this with a variety of pizzas, from meat lovers' to four cheeses. Drink: 2016-2019. 658351 13.50% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. August 20, 2016 Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Liano Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Rubicone, Emilia-Romagna I.G.T., Italy: Drink: 2016-2020. 225086 13.50% D 750 mL  $27.95. November 26, 2016 Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Apollonio Terragnolo Primitivo 2011, Salento, Puglia I.G.T., Italy: A robust Italian red wine made from the juicy and flavourful Primitivo grape (aka Zinfandel). Smoky campfire wine with fleshy black fruit. Previous vintages of this wine won the Grande Médaille d’Or at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Full-bodied with a long finish inflected with coffee and mocha notes. Perfect for barbecued blackened ribs with BBQ sauce. Drink: 2016-2019. 211813 14.50% M 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 29, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: The spectacular 2007 vintages of Viña Ardanza Reserva is drinking beautifully right now! This is a robust Spanish red wine blend of mostly Tempranillo grapes and 20% Garnacha. This winery was established in 1980 and is celebrating 125 vintages of winemaking. Aromas of tanned leather, violets, spice and dried fruit. Perfect for lamb in rosemary. Highly recommended. Drink: 2016-2025. 315531 13.50% XD 750 mL  $44.95 Score: 95/100. November 12, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
7 Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel 2012, Lodi, California, United States: Produced by Michael David Winery, this smoky Californian red wine offers campfire hickory smoke on the nose, perfect for telling ghost stories. Black fleshy fruit. Dark spice, full-bodied and supple. Perfect for barbecued meats and meat lovers pizza. Drink: 2013-2017. 59311 15% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 10, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review
Seghesio Zinfandel 2014, Sonoma County, California, United States: Spicy, peppery but not heavy. Mouth-watering juicy lovely. The Seghesio Zinfandel is one of Californian's best Zins. It packed with jammy black fruit. Drink: 2016-2022. 942151 14.80% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. October 15, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Frei Brothers Winery Reserve Zinfandel 2014, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: A robust red wine with big purple and black plum aromas and flavours as well as blueberry pie notes on the finish. Smooth and supple. The fruit profile is not as raisined as it is in some Californian Zinfandels. Nonetheless, this is a juicy, pleasing red wine. Perfect for potluck gatherings featuring grilled meats. Drink: 2016-2020. 281758 14.90% D 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 91/100. October 10, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel 2014, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States: Aromas of black fruit, dark spice and toasty oak. Pair with a rare steak. The 2014 vintage of Ridge's Geyserville is another blockbuster Californian red wine that could use serious cellar aging. A towering, monumental Californian red wine from one of the state's most respected producers. Full-bodied with a long finish. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2018-2022. 723072 14.50% XD 750 mL  $63.95 Score: 96/100. October 15, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Cardinal Zin Big House Zinfandel 2013, California, United States: A terrific wine for the money! Campfire smoke and toasty goodness on the nose wraps around fleshy black plums and berries on the palate. Smooth, supple and full-bodied. Perfect for barbecued meats. Drink: 2013-2019. 272401 13.50% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. August 27, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel 2014, California, United States: A beautifully textured and full-bodied Californian Zinfandel that's smooth and supple. Perfect for grilled meats with its dark cherry flavours. Drink: 2015-2020. 359257 14% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. November 10, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
La Crema Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014, Russian River , United States: Drink: 2016-2022. 906404 14.50% D 750 mL  $45.95. November 26, 2016 Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review

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