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Casarena Ramanegra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Wowzers! Cigar smoke and mocha wrap soooo sensually around fleshy black fruit. Oh man, this is good juice! The grapes are grown on 82-year-old vines, and that age results in a min-blowing depth of concentration. The Platonic idea of blackberry glory. Try it with a pepper steak or roast beef. Drink: 2014-2018. 366138 14.90% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 93/100. April 26, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Taltarni T Series Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011, Victoria, Australia: Gooseberry, lemon and lanolin with a terrific vibrancy yet there's also an underlying richness. The best of all worlds. Drink: 2012-2015. 19471 12.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. July 21, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Oscar's Estate Shiraz Viognier 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Like the dark hero on a romance novel: take me now! Brooding, full-bodied, muscular and you know. Black fruit, savoury with a long finish (most importantly). Again please. Drink: 2012-2016. 287961 15.90% XD 750 mL  $17.00 Score: 93/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
Domaine De Riaux Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Loire A.C., France: This refreshing and crisp white wine from Jeannot Pére & Fils offers lemon brightness. This zesty white wine is based on sauvignon blanc. Not herbal. Nice aperitif or companion to seafood, salads and vegetarian dishes. Medium-bodied. Some gooseberry and lime on the finish. Great with shellfish. Drink: 2014-2017. 200063 13% XD 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 90/100. April 26, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Château De Fonbel Meritage 2009, A.C., Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France: Stunning! Rich, brooding black fruit with generous toasty oak, yet not "oaky": perfectly balanced. A spectacular Bordeaux for this price point. Will do well in the cellar and at dinner parties. Drink: 2014-2020. 196451 13% XD 750 mL  $37.85 Score: 93/100. April 13, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Momo Seresin Estate Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Big and juicy, with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours in this kiwi pinot noir. Mouth-watering acidity is fantastic for a range of dishes, from planked salmon to roast chicken. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Very tasty. Made by the film director of many famous movies, including several of the Harry Potter Drink: 2013-2018. 163972 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 26, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Codorniu Selección Raventós Brut Cava Método Tradicional, D.O., Spain: Toasty, earthy and robust with a dry, crisp, refreshing finish. Lots of character. Terrific value, especially at this price. Stock up for your parties now. Drink: 2012-2015. 521773 12.10% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. April 13, 2013 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review

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