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Gift Wine Top 10 Reds

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Versado Reserva Malbec 2010, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Exotic Bordeaux nose that still delivers plenty of Argentine sunshine and black fruit power and concentration. There's finesse and elegance here. Aromas of smoke, dark spice, and field of black flowers. Full-bodied and smooth though decant for 2 hours. Serve only the finest cuts of meat with this red wonder. Drink: 2013-2019. 316984 14.20% XD 750 mL  $59.95 Score: 95/100. November 22, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Penfolds Bin 138 Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2011, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A structured and balanced blend of dark fruit, smoke and a touch of spice on the finish. Elegant and full-bodied, but not heavy. Some dark spice on the finish. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013-2016. 468637 14% D 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 92/100. December 7, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Estate Btld. Syrah 2010, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Beautifully balanced, rich and mouth-watering with luscious aromas and flavours of black fruit, pepper and some mocha from oak aging on the long finish. Classic! Velvet texture with a satin tickle finish for your senses. A flagship winery and wine for BC and Canada. Drink: 2013-2018. 73072 14.50% XD 750 mL  $41.95 Score: 93/100. August 3, 2014 Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
The Foreign Affair Winery The Temptress Meritage 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Full-bodied, rich and layered with savoury, meaty notes and aromas of black fruit and smoke. Great with hearty meat dishes. Drink: 2013-2016. 127340 14.30% XD 750 mL  $44.95 Score: 90/100. December 7, 2013 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars Estate Bottled Cave Spring Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009, Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario VQA, Canada: Juicy, mouth-watering aromas and flavours of tart cherries and fresh-turned earth! Lovely balance and appeal in the glass with one of Niagara's signature grapes and flagship producers. This wine would be perfect for holiday dinners, whether you're serving the turkey or bringing the hostess gift. Drink: 2012-2017. 246551 13.50% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 92/100. December 7, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Veramonte Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Merlot Carmenere 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Juicy-wonderful! Just dripping with fleshy berry flavor and plums with some real vibrancy and lift on the mid-palate. I love it! This wine is a blend of about a third cabernet sauvignon, a third syrah, and the balance split between merlot and carmenere grapes. Superb craftsmanship; great value. Drink: 2013-2016. 712463 14.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 93/100. December 7, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
La Vite Lucente 2011, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Love it! Complex, full-bodied yet subtle. Gorgeous aromas of dried black cherry, cedar, smoke, fleshy blackberries. Buy this one for my birthday please. This full-bodied red wine is the second wine to Frescobaldi’s flagship label Luce. It's a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and it was aged for 1 year in French barriques. Decant for 1 hour and you're ready to go! Drink: 2013-2019. 747030 13.50% XD 750 mL  $67.25 Score: 94/100. December 7, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review

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