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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.

Marchesi Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2007
D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy
Smoke, dried and leather: not fruity. Full-bodied, smooth and mature. A wine of contemplation. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2017  Best Beef Wine  Price: $59.95 Score: 90/100

This Brunello Di Montalcino was reviewed May 11, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
Lovely long lines of pure cherry flavour balanced by mouth-watering acidity. Elegant and refined yet hemming in a terrific fruit concentration. Medium- to full-bodied and smooth. Alcohol: 13.1%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2011‐2017  Price: $28.95 Score: 90/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed September 17, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

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Viña Olabarri Gran Reserva 2004
D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain
The taste of maturity! Old leather, cigar box and dried herbs with dusty earth. Not fruity. Full-bodied and smooth. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Voluptuous Veal Wine  Price: $24.95 Score: 90/100

This wine was reviewed July 6, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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J Lohr Winery Los Osos Merlot 2011
Paso Robles, California, United States
Mocha with some dark chocolate on the nose. Lots of fleshy ripe black plums on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth. This wine was aged for a year in oak, and offers plush depths of flavour. Perfect for potluck gatherings. Merlot food pairings: roast pork tenderloin, coq au vin, lamb. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Plush Pork Wine  Price: $19.95 Score: 90/100

This Merlot was reviewed November 9, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Château Cantemerle 2008
Bordeaux, France
Classic Bordeaux with a terrific balance between dark fruit, smoke (oak) and mouth-watering/balancing acidity. Complex and elegant with a good finish. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2018  Price: $43.00 Score: 90/100

This wine was reviewed April 28, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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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