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Peter Lehmann Wines Portrait Shiraz 2013, Barossa, Australia: The grapes come from an elevated region of the Barossa Valley and express that cooler vibrancy in the wine. Aromas of dark chocolate and black plum. This is a terrific wine, especially for the price. Pair with gourmet hamburgers. Drink: 2014-2018. 572875 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. May 15, 2016 Best Value Red 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
Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio 2015, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Cool climate viticulture from the North Island shows through in this zesty Pinot Grigio. Bone-dry with lime lift through the mid-palate. Good mouth-watering acidity for seafood or an aperitif. Zippy and refreshing with aromas of lime and grapefruit. Ends on an up note of lime and lemon zest and springtime energy. Drink: 2015-2017. 326090 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 20, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: Toasty oak on the nose of this terrific New Zealand red wine wraps around fleshy ripe black cherries. Full-bodied, mouth-watering juicy and smooth with a great finish. Smoky oak and black cherry notes with some dark spice on the finish. Terrific with a wide range of dishes, especially holiday turkey. Yum! Drink: 2015-2018. 590414 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 29, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Oyster Bay Merlot 2014, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Round, smooth, supple Merlot with enticing aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum and blackberry on the nose and palate. Medium- to almost full-bodied. This would be a great match for grilled pork chops. Drink: 2014-2017. 692343 13% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 5, 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

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