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May 26, 2012

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Bodega Monteviejo Lindaflor Malbec 2006, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Love the interplay here between fleshy ripe black fruit and the acidity that makes your mouth water. Not overly ripe/sweet with the fruit aromas and flavours. Great balance, very elegant. Drink: 2012-2016. 109322 15.50% D 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 90/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard Malbec 2009, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Dark, savoury, meaty and full-bodied. Terrific wine for rich and flavourful meaty dishes. Heart of darkness wine with a golden-good price. Drink: 2012-2015. 166298 13.50% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. May 26, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2010, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia: A chardonnay lover's chardonnay: buttery and rich, yet balanced with mouth-brightening green apple acidity. Lovely for lobster in butter and long conversations into the evening by a campfire (or space heater). Drink: 2012-2016. 903617 12.50% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 91/100. May 26, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
13th Street Pink Palette Rosé 2011, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada  275834 12% D 750 mL  $14.95. May 26, 2011 Full Review
Cave Spring Cellars Csv Cave Spring Vineyard Riesling 2008, V.Q.A., Beamsville Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Superb, benchmark Riesling from one of Canada’s best producers. How do they manage to squeeze so much flavour and pleasure into a bottle without going overboard? Lovely, lovely aromas of wake-up lime, chives, green apples and a fresh-running field stream where you dip your feet to cool off from a warm day. Relax and enjoy. Drink: 2010-2015. 566026 11.50% MD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. September 18, 2010 Full Review
Gamma Reserva Privada V.E.S.A. Cabernet Merlot 2008, Maipo Valley, Chile: Terrific balance in this full-bodied red! Exotic and enticing aromas of violets, black plums and wild blackberries. Very satisfying. Drink: 2012-2015. 269191 14.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
Château Montet Château Haut Guillebot, Prop. Rosé 2011, A.C., Bordeaux, France: Fantastic! Bone-dry with aromas of field raspberries. Ultra-refreshing. Drink: 2012-2014. 276386 13.50% D 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 88/100. May 26, 2012 Best Value Rosé. Full Review
William Fèvre Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France: Clean, green apple brightness on the nose and acidity on the palate. No oak, very refreshing. Drink: 2012-2016. 626523 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 87/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
Trimbach Riesling 2009, A.C., Alsace, France  734517 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95. May 26, 2011 Full Review
C.H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2008, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Petrol and lemon zest with a lime lick on the finish. Sound weird? Just try it and you'll understand. Drink: 2012-2017. 207274 9% S 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
Umani Ronchi Montipagano Montepulciano D'abruzzo 2010, D.O.C., Abruzzo, Italy: Want a tasty, full-bodied, reasonably priced Italian red for pizza or pasta? This is your wine! Stunning for the price. This organic wine has just 16 mg/l of free sulphur. Drink: 2012-2015. 134585 13% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. May 26, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Marenco Strev Moscato D'asti 2011, D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy: Sweet honeysuckle and cherry blossom. Light alcohol makes it a lovely after dinner drink. Drink: 2012-2015. 276600 5.50% MS 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 86/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2006, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Holy tannins Batman! Leave this baby in the cellar for a while. Full-bodied, black fruit, smoke and an impenetrable depth with long finish. Drink: 2014-2020. 651141 14% XD 750 mL  $59.95 Score: 90/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
Cunha Martins Reserva Btld. By União Comercial De Beira 2008, D.O.C., Dão, Portugal: Full-bodied and mouth-watering with cassis and some dark spices. Drink: 2012-2014. 276188 13% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review
Sequillo Cellars Red Named Varietal Blends-Red 2009, W.O., Swartland, South Africa  277996 14.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95. May 26, 2011 Full Review
Lealtanza Reserva Bodegas Altanza 2005, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Toasty oak with savoury flavours and black fruit on the palate. Smooth and pleasurable. Drink: 2012-2015. 276097 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. May 26, 2012 Full Review

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