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Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Argentina: Drink: 2016-2019. 223206 14% D 750 mL  $15.25. October 1, 2016 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir 2014, Tasmania, Australia: Deep and smoky Australian Pinot Noir from the cool climate island of Tasmania. This bottling from Josef Chromy is juicy, racy and mouth-watering as red cherries dance across your mouth, waking up on your senses in a pure Aussie fruit sensation. This isn’t earthy or spicy: it’s sunny and tasty and complex. Finishes long and smooth with black cherry and pepper. Great concentration and focus of flavour. Try this Pinot Noir with roast turkey. Drink: 2016-2019. 162990 13% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Château La Fleur Pourret 2009, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux A.C., France Drink: 2012-2018. 455667 13.50% XD 750 mL  $38.95. August 6, 2016 Full Review
La Cadierenne Grande Tradition Bandol Rosé 2015, Provence A.C., France: So pretty and refreshing yet this southern French rose packs a (flavour) punch). Medium to almost full-bodied for rosé. Lovely flavours of summer strawberries and raspberries on the nose of this French rosé. Dry and refreshing. Works as an aperitif or companion to seafood. Finishes with wind-swept lavender and wild herbs. Highly recommended. Drink: 2015-2017. 119453 14% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 93/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Rosé Wine. Scrumptious Seafood 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. July 23, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Lazzeretti Brunello Di Montalcino 2008, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Such an exotic nose of wild violets, feral underbrush, truffle haunted forests and a mysterious smile of satisfaction. This Brunello has many years ahead of it, unless of course, you can't resist drinking it. A DOCG wine that has such lovely replays of flavour across the palate, including coffee, spice, mocha and dark berry. This robust red wine cries out for a hearty meat dish. Listen to this wine and you'll have a terrific meal! Drink: 2016-2028. 318352 14% XD 750 mL  $46.95 Score: 94/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
Lustau East India Solera Sherry, Jerez D.O., Spain: The dessert wine gained a smooth, deep, rich, complex character that blended raisins, toasted nuts and crème brûlée. Pair this with pudding, crème brûlée and hard cheeses. Drink: 2016-2021. 342931 20% S 500 mL  $24.95 Score: 95/100. August 6, 2016 Top Rated Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Hacienda Lopez De Haro Gran Reserva 2008, Rioja, Spain: Brilliant! Smoky, earthy, leather, dried herbs. Love this. My kinda wine. My birthday is soon, tomorrow. Pair with lamb and Nat's birthday. Drink: 2015-2025. 431973 14% XD 750 mL  $25.00 Score: 93/100. August 4, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Lindes De Remelluri Viñedos De San Vicente Tempranillo 2011, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Mature aromas of tanned leather and dried herbs. Dusty and earthy and contemplative. Smooth yet full-bodied. Love this style. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Drink: 2013-2020. 392860 14% XD 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 92/100. June 11, 2016 Plush Pork Wine Full Review

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