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Newly Single Woman: Top 10 Wines

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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 14% XD 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 90/100. November 26, 2011 Full Review
Two Hands Wines Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Black as night, this wine is anything but shy in how it embraces the senses. Layered, complex and invigorating aromas of warm blueberry pie, milk chocolate, cassis and white pepper delightfully infiltrate the nose. You will love how this dry, full-bodied wine, with its supremely ripe and concentrated fruit, fleshy tannins and precise balancing acids caresses the palate. This will reward 2+ years in the cellar, but will eagerly cuddle up close tonight with an intensely marinated steak. My note: Juicy, black and brooding with a heart of darkness. Blackberries and blackcurrant aromas with some herbal notes and a healthy dollop of toasted oak. Perfect for steak dinners. Drink: 2011-2015. 219469 16% XD 750 mL  $27.95 Score: 90/100. July 23, 2011 Full Review
Langmeil Shiraz "The Freedom" Barossa Valley, Australia  14.50%  750 mL  $99.99. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Girl's Night Out Colio Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2007, V.Q.A., Niagara, Ontario, Canada: A full-bodied, supple red with enticing aromas of cherries and plums. Perfect for casual get togethers and girls' (and boys') nights in. 54201 12% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. June 12, 2009 Full Review
Flourish Wines Riesling Vidal 2010, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: Lovely tangerine essence and apricot blossoms in this spring-fresh wine! Brilliant as an aperitif, or charming companion to many dishes. Perfect for your next book club gathering or girls' night in. 988262 11.60% D 750 mL  $10.95 Score: 88/100. March 28, 2011 Full Review
Queen Of Syrah Cool Climate, Cave De Tain L'hermitage Syrah 2007, Vin De Pays Des Collines Rhodaniennes, Rhône, France: Juicy with lots of black cherry and raspberry flavour but not heavy or jammy. Wonderfully supple and full-bodied and balanced. Spectacularly well-priced. Drink: 2010-2012. 155283 12% XD 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 87/100. August 21, 2010 Best Value Red Tied. Full Review
Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Grassy, herbal and vibrant with terrific mouth-watering acidity. Drink: 2012-2014. 141499 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 23, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
The Other Woman, california, United States  14%   $10.00. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Gray Fox Merlot 2007, California, United States: A simple, supple red with notes of dark plums and a pleasant bitter finish. 527507 12%  750 mL  $7.95 Score: 84/100. September 2, 2009 Full Review
7 Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel 2009, Lodi, California, United States: Dark chocolate nose followed by satin plush black plums and a strong coffee finish. Full-bodied and supple and absolutely yummy. Drink: 2012-2015. 59311 14.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. February 18, 2012 Full Review
Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2010, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Lovely! Rich yet zippy. Full of flavour but not heavy. Terrifically vibrant green apple notes and toasty oak with a lime fresh finish. Drink: 2012-2016. 215210 14.30% XD 750 mL  $59.95 Score: 93/100. July 7, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review

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