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Catena Chardonnay 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Oh yum! Buttery richness drips around a green apple core of vibrancy. Full-bodied, but not heavy. One of the best chardonnays I have tasted in a while. Drink: 2012-2017. 918805 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Brokenwood Shiraz 2009, Mclaren Vale Beechworth, South Australia Victoria, Australia: Lovely and balanced: not too heavy but definitely full-bodied. Love the mouth-feel on this luxurious red. Layers of fleshy blackcurrants and plums. Yum! Drink: 2012-2016. 265975 14% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review
Small Gully The Formula Robert's Shiraz 2010, South Australia, Australia: A rich, full-throttle Australian red wine that weighs in at a staggering 15.9% (why not round up?) Nonetheless it doesn't taste hot or out of balance as it has the fruit and structure to support that alcohol. Here's your go-to red when you want the most "bang" for your buck. Beats vodka by a long shot. Drink: 2012-2017. 142935 15.90% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. October 16, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Villa Annaberta Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2011, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Fantastic! This Appassimento style robust Italian red wine delivers superb value and taste for the money. Aromas of fleshy black cherry, black raspberry and some smoke. Drink: 2014-2018. 378091 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. October 16, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Astrolabe Wines Province Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: Lime glorious! I love this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc every year: it's never let me know. Grassy, herbal with lime citrus brightness emanating from its core. Drink: 2013-2016. 10421 13% XD 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 91/100. October 16, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Cape Point W.O., South Africa: Lemon zest and lemongrass aromas with grapefruit freshness and sunshine happiness. Clean and refreshing. Finishes with white grapefruit and lime zest. Great value. Drink: 2014-2016. 285221 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. June 21, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
La Crema Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Drink: 2013-2016. 962886 13.90% D 750 mL  $28.95. November 8, 2014 Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review

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