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Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Plunkett Fowles Shiraz 2008, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria, Australia: Rich, deep and dark. This is a don’t mess with me wine. Black fruit, mouth-watering and full, smooth layers. Pepper and dark spices. Drink: 2011-2015. 243592 13% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 90/100. November 26, 2011 Full Review
D'arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2007, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Big black bruiser with dark fruit, savoury bacon, dark spices and mint. Full-bodied and smooth. Big “bang” for your buck. 981183 14.50% XD 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 91/100. November 27, 2010 Full Review
Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Complex, full-bodied and delicious! Loaded with black fruit flavours yet it's very dry and balanced, with a lovely long finish. Great dinner party wine. Drink: 2012-2016. 660043 14.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2005, Lodi, California, USA: Vintages Wine Panel: Proprietors Steve and Lori Felton’s vine-growing roots run deep, going back five generations in Lodi. This rich and ultra-ripe Zinfandel is full-bodied with intense cherry, raspberry and dried-fruit flavours. Soft and easy-drinking. My note: A generous, full-bodied zinfandel with ripe berry notes. 59113 15% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 90/100. May 24, 2008 Full Review
Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio Cabernet Blend 2006, Okanagan Valley, B.C., Vqa, Canada: Chewy dark cherries and berries with a lovely smoky weave throughout. A stunning, spectacular wine of incredible depth and length. The 2006 vintage is a blend of 61% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. This gorgeous red combines Old World structure and New World power. 71464 14% XD 750 mL  $49.75 Score: 91/100. April 22, 2011 Full Review
Megalomaniac Wines Narcissist, Edra's Vineyard, John Howard Cellars Of Distinction Riesling 2009, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Vintages Wine Panel: You’ll adore yourself for choosing this wine. Pale lemon with green tints in the glass, it has an engaging nose that suggests fresh lime, minerality, apples and orchard blossom. The palate starts just off-dry, and shows beautifully reflected fruit and a great seam of refreshing, palate-cleansing acidity. My note: Juicy-terrific! Lovely melon and peach fruit unfold in waves of flavour. Love this style. Slightly off-dry so it is incredibly food-friendly and light-bodied. Drink: 2011-2015. 67587 11% MD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. July 9, 2011 Full Review
Fat Bastard Shiraz 2012, Languedoc, Roussilon, France  156190 12% D  $14.99. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Cesarini Sartori Rossobastardo 2008, I.G.T., Umbria, Italy: Chocolate and mocha otes with some dark fruit. Tannic so decant for 2 hours. You'll enjoy this red bastard. Drink: 2012-2014. 270587 14% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 87/100. February 4, 2012 Full Review
Crazy By Nature Dry Flint, Millton Chenin Blanc 2009, Gisborne, North Island, New Zealand: Clean and crisp with lemon brightness. Very balanced. A lovely aperitif or terrific and empathetic companion to salads and seafood. Drink: 2012-2015. 214429 12.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 88/100. March 31, 2012 Full Review
Dog Point Chardonnay 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Full-bodied with hazelnut richness on the nose plus green apple, white peach and pear on the palate. Complex and layered but not heavy. Terrific balance and finish. Drink: 2012-2016. 238568 14% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 91/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Sledgehammmer Zinfandel 2009, North Coast California, USA: Gorgeous dark dark chocolate and black plum aromas on the nose, followed by a rich, smooth, full-bodied texture on the tongue: yum! There's some dark berries and dried tobacco notes on the finish. Superb quality for this price point. Drink: 2010-2014. 230466 15.10% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 1, 2012 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review

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