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Pascual Toso Alta Reserve Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: The grapes for this towering Argentine red wine were sourced from the Barrancas Vineyard. Deepest, darkest concentration of blackberry, blackcurrant and black plum that I've tasted in a while. Full-bodied and smooth; this delivers lots of hedonistic satisfaction. This wine will benefit from 2 hours decanting. A long, satisfying finish. Pair with filet mignon or a pepper steak. Drink: 2013-2019. 261958 13.50% XD 750 mL  $33.95 Score: 93/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Heartland Shiraz 2012, Langhorne Creek, Limestone Coast, South Australia, Australia: Love the nose of black cherry liqueur and mysterious dark spices that draw you head first into the glass of this robust Australian Shiraz. The palate opens up with fleshy ripe black fruit and smoke. This is such a lively, full-bodied red that's smooth and ready to drink now. Try it with pepperoni pizza. Drink: 2013-2017. 661934 14.50% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 92/100. October 25, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Kurtz Family Boundary Row Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Drink: 2012-2018. 223263 15% XD 750 mL  $29.95. January 24, 2015 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Dark Side Of The Moon Claymore Wines Shiraz 2012, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Drink: 2013-2018. 72652 15% XD 750 mL  $25.95. January 24, 2015 Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Henry Of Pelham Cabernet Merlot 2012, Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada: A balanced, full-bodied Niagara red wine, with attractive notes of cedar forest, wild blackberries and some herbal notes. This wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes grown on the winery's own estate. Yields are kept low to 2 to 3 tonnes per acre so that the grapes are concentrated with flavour, which translates directly into the wine's complexity. Drink: 2012-2017. 395855 13.60% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 25, 2014 Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Tawse Winery Inc. Sketches Of Niagara Riesling 2013, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: This vibrant, well-priced Ontario Riesling offers seductive aromas of peach blossom, lemon zest and wet stone. A complex core of minerality runs through the heart of this wine. Tawse is a family-owned Niagara winery that farms sustainably. Drink: 2013-2017. 89029 10.50% M 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. October 25, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Great Goat Cheese Wine Full Review
Don Maximiano Single Vineyard, Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: A towering, well-structured Chilean Cabernet with classic aromas of cassis and blackberry. This winery consistently delivers wines that taste twice as expensive as they cost. Pair this full-bodied beauty with prime rib or a rare steak. Drink: 2013-2017. 203364 14% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 91/100. September 2, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Syrah 2012, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Drink: 2014-2018. 995092 14.50% XD 750 mL  $22.95. January 24, 2015 Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: Grassy great!! Want lawnmower satisfaction ... cut the lawn without cutting the lawn. Love it! OTHER: The 2013 Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Aconcagua Valley from the coastal and northern zone of Zapallar, seven kilometers from the sea, which provides freshness. It's a powerful wine, with pungent aromas extracted from the skin for some seven months contact, with a mineral feeling, akin to a Sancerre, serious and austere, with gooseberries, tomato leaves, ending again mineral and saline. This is a superb Sauvignon Blanc. The vines were planted in 2006 and the first harvest bottled was 2011. Experiment with iodine-rich seafood, like sea urchin. Uhhhmmm! Drink now-2017. Score - 91 (Luis Gutierrez,, June 2014) Drink: 2013-2016. 389643 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Santa Ema Amplus Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley, Chile: Minty and savoury blackberry and cassis on the nose and palate of this vibrant, meaty Chilean red wine. Loaded with fleshy black plums, blueberries and nutmeg. Some smoke on the finish. Juicy, mouth-watering and smooth. Drink: 2013-2028. 76307 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Drink: 2013-2016. 143198 13.50% D 750 mL  $21.95. January 24, 2015 Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Hecht & Bannier St-Chinian 2011, Midi A.C., France: A dark marauding red wine. Gorgeous! Full-bodied, juicy and alive with vibrant black fruit flavours. Black cherry, anise and cassis with just the right amount of savoury oak. Dried herbs and longing on the finish. Bring more quickly please. Syrah leads in this voluptuous red wine blend, and the vines roots in schist soils shows distinctive minerality. Hecht & Bannier is actually a negociant or agent-blender who buys and combines lots of wines from various growers and wineries in the south of France. Drink: 2013-2017. 184184 13.50% XD 750 mL  $25.95 Score: 92/100. August 16, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste Riesling Kabinett 2013, Rheinhessen Q.M.P., Germany: This lovely Pradikätswein wine is a vibrant mouth-watering white wine produced by Jean-Baptiste and estate bottled. Zesty notes of ripe citrus fruit and rose petals on the nose, and continue through the palate and finish. Gorgeous intensity of flavour here. Try it with glazed ham, or holiday side dishes, like sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and creamed corn. Yum! Drink: 2014-2020. 480517 11% M 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Torresella Prosecco, Veneto D.O.C., Italy: Drink: 2013-2016. 400440 11.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95. January 10, 2015 Cool Creamy Cheese Wine Full Review
Thatched Hut Pinot Noir 2013, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: Juicy and soft Pinot Noir, but not wimpy. Cherry-berry aromas and flavours with very pleasing mouth-watering action. Vibrant and clean on the palate, with bright raspberry notes on a long finish. Polish and supple and exceptionally easy-drinking on its own or with roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2014-2019. 242933 13.50% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 92/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand: The grapes are also sourced from New Zealand's South Island. Grassy and herbal kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, with quivering lime vibrancy. Pure, fresh, with no oak. Bring me a mega big salad or a spinach quiche ... quickly! A racy finish with a lick of citrus zest. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013-2015. 919514 13% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. October 25, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review
Luis Cañas Reserva 2009, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: This Spanish red wine is made mostly (95%) from the classic Rioja grape Tempranillo and well as a splash (5%) of Graciano. The vines are an average age of 40 years old. The wine spent 18 months in French and American oak. This is an elegant wine with a long life ahead of this. Gorgeous aromas of dark red fruit and leather on the palate. There's still a firm tannic grip here mid-palate so be sure to decant for an hour, or better yet, give this baby some cellar time. Drink: 2015-2021. 334094 14% XD 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 92/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Baron De Ley Varietales Graciano 2010, Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain: Drink: 2014-2018. 397166 13.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95. January 24, 2015 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Napa Cellars Merlot 2012, Napa Valley, California, United States: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose with luscious black fruit unfolding the palate and mouth-filling juiciness. This wine was aged in 100% French oak, 46% of which was new. There were 988 barrels produced of this wine. A intense, deep Merlot offering dark fruit and toasty oak. Finishes long and smooth with blackberry and cedar smoke. Perfect for a rare, juicy steak tonight. Drink: 2013-2018. 161299 14.10% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. December 6, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Juicy and full-bodied Californian Chardonnay, with a great balance between toasty oak and fleshy pear fruit aromas. Finishes with apple, baking spices and guava. Try it with roast turkey. Drink: 2013-2018. 275552 14.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 25, 2014 Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
Ravenswood Vintners Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California, United States: Drink: 2013-2018. 606632 13.50% D 750 mL  $17.95. January 24, 2015 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Cannonball Chardonnay 2012, Sonoma County, California, United States: Lovely Californian Chardonnay! White floral notes, some baking spice and a lightness that's ethereal given the mouth-filling juiciness of this wine. Drink: 2013-2017. 311563 13.70% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 90/100. October 25, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review

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