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My red wine reviews include wines with high ratings for their superb quality and taste, and their prices often reflect this as they tend to be more expensive. These red wines have scores of 90 points or higher out of 100 and are often the wines that have the greatest aging ability and are therefore wines for your cellar.

They are also often the top ranked wines on many lists, especially in fine restaurants, with ratings that reflect their craftsmanship. You'll also find my red wine reviews of those that are less expensive, but still represent great value. This is just a small set of my wine reviews: when you join my wine community, you can access all of my reviews.

Fine red wines, often more than $50, require decanting for two reasons: to siphon off sediment that may have formed in the wine over time. If left in the wine, it can make it cloudy and gritty, and the sediment itself often tastes bitter. The sediment comes from wine particulate such as tiny bits of the skins settling to the bottle of the bottle as the wine ages, so the older the wine, the more likely a decanting is necessary.

Red wines are also decanted to add oxygen to the wine to open it up and giving the wine more aroma and flavour. Some prefer to use their glass to do this and let the wine unfold slowly with each pour and swirl. However, those who want more powerful and flavourful wine from the first glass will go with a slow decanting so that the wine streams along the side of the decanter and splays out getting more exposure to the air.

Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Mourvèdre 2009
Contra Costa County, California, United States
Vintages Wine Panel: This Mourvèdre is sourced from some of Cline’s, in their words, “oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing vineyard blocks.” These natural low-yielders help create wine with more fruit concentration. The naturally low yields, and the cooling breezes off the Sacramento River, give the wine a wonderful balance between fruit and acid. The wine is filled with aromas of dark plum, cocoa powder, raspberry and earth. The dry and flavourful wine is given structure by the velvety tannins. Enjoy tonight. It will also reward 2-3 years in a cellar. My note: A beautifully textured, full-bodied red with brambleberry, garrigue, dried herbs and blackberry preserves. Lovely long finish. The ultimate barbecue wine. Mourvèdre food pairings: grilled steaks and onions. Alcohol: 15%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2015  Price: $18.95 Score: 90/100

This Mourvèdre was reviewed May 14, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 66084  Check Stock
BC: 396499  383 in stock

Krinklewood Wild Red Shiraz 2005
Broke Fordwich, New South Wales, Australia
Vibrant and lip-smacking delicious, yum! Aromas of purple plums, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. The grapes were grown in a biodynamic vineyard. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $18.95 Score: 90/100

This Shiraz was reviewed July 4, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 108209  Check Stock

Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2004
D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain
Dried leather, dried herbs, dry black fruit aromas and lots of acidity. Full-bodied, smooth, contemplative. Some smoke on the finish. Drink now before it fades. Tempranillo food pairings: chili, black bean soup, short ribs, tomato tarte. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2014  Best Beef Wine  Price: $26.95 Score: 90/100

This Tempranillo was reviewed September 28, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 244715  82 in stock

Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir 2004
V.Q.A. Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
One of Ontario's best pinot producers. Aromas of pure, sun-dappled cherries. Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir food pairings: Beef Bourguignon. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $29.95 Score: 90/100

This Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir was reviewed September 29, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 1560  Check Stock

Wallace By Ben Glaetzer Glaetzer Wines Shiraz Grenache 2007
Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
This wine is a blend of 75% Shiraz and 25% Grenache. The wine was matured for 12 months in French and American oak. Dark and aromatic with opulent aromas of blackberry, cedar spice, black raspberry. Alcohol: 15%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $24.95 Score: 90/100

This Shiraz Grenache was reviewed October 24, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 47605  116 in stock
BC: 486258  810 in stock

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Aging red wines is also often reserved for the top tier and most expensive reds, such as the best Bordeaux, Burgundy, Amarone, Barolo, Tuscany, or Napa Valley Cabernet. These can often age 8-20 years. A good rule of thumb is to not let a red wine pass its thirtieth birthday unless it is a fortified wine like Port or Madeira.

Most of the red wines in the world grow between the latitudes of  30° and 50° in both hemispheres, with ideal temperatures are 10º and 20 °C (50 and 68 °F).

What makes a great red wine? It is a combination of great soil, climate, topography, and winemaker. Why are some red wines so much more expensive than others and are they worth it? Think about wine like art. You collect them for their history, for the effort in creating them, for the sheer beauty of them. There are great red wines for incredible prices, just like there are talented unknown artists. Value is in the eye and taste buds of the beholder. Researched by Lesley Quinn