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Salentein Reserve Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: Stunning concentration of aromas and flavors with excellent balance robust Argentine red wine. Round, polished tannins give a velvet mouth-feel. This wine was aged 14 months in French oak. Nightcap anyone? A richly hued wine that finishes with black plum, mocha and vanilla spice. The estate vineyards are located between 1,110 and 1,700 metres above sea level and benefit from five different microclimates. Drink: 2013-2017. 640854 14.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. December 6, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Wakefield Shiraz 2009, Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia: Big honkin plums, spice and mint. Bring it on and don’t stop. Big and ripe with juicy goodness. Drink: 2011-2015. 943787 14.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. July 23, 2011 Full Review
Cheviot Red Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2013, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia: A lovely cool-climate, maritime pinot noir that shows the moderating and cooling effects of the ocean. A zesty seam of acidity with ripe cherry notes. Closed with a screwcap. Mornington Peninsula is becoming one of the most recognized and coveted Pinot Noir producing regions in Australia. Finishes with black cherry and smoke. Pair with roast chicken or turkey. Drink: 2014-2019. 58073 12.60% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 92/100. December 6, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Venerated Vegetarian Wine Full Review
Trio Reserva 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile: Concha Y Toro produces this robust red wine of extraordinary value/taste for the money! Mocha and dark chocolate aromas wrap themselves seductively around a core of fleshy blackberry fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. This wine is a blend of three grapes, thus “Trio”, including Cabernet Sauvignon (70% of the blend), Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. Finishes with some lovely cassis and pepper notes. Perfect party wine! Try it with combination pizza. Drink: 2013-2017. 433912 14% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. December 6, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Moillard Tradition Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012, Burgundy A.C., France: A stunningly gorgeous Old World Pinot Noir at a steal of a price for Burgundy. Holy smokes! Fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours with just enough juicy acidity for a wide range of dishes from turkey to salmon. Lovely long finish. Don't buy it all before I get to the store please. Drink: 2013-2018. 66399 12.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 92/100. December 6, 2014 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Vidal-Fleury Vacqueyras 2012, Rhône A.C., France Rhône: Black cherry liqueur on the nose with wild violets, followed by an expansive palate of the same. Very mouth-filling and robust. Beautifully balanced acidity for food. Long finish. Great price. Highly recommended. Drink: 2014-2019. 394643 13.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. December 6, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Darting Dürkheimer Feuerberg Trocken Pinot Noir 2011, Qualitätswein Pfalz, Germany  390963 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95. December 4, 2014 Full Review
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2011, Stellenbosch W.O., South Africa: The 2011 vintage was a spectacular one for this winery. In particular, the Faithful Hound red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc grapes is greatly benefiting from Mulderbosch's new, dynamic winemaker, Adam Mason. As well, there's a new owner, American Charles Banks, and together they are creating a tremendous amount of energy, vision and great wine together. The Faithful Hound offers enticing aromas of black, smoky fruit and a savoury, mouth-watering core. Some cedar notes in the background and on the finish. Perfect for prime rib or a rare steak. Decant for 1 hour. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013-2019. 922443 13.50% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 93/100. December 6, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Monasterio de las Vinas Blend Gran Reserva Garnacha 2005, Carinena D.O., Spain: A mouth-watering, delicious Spanish red. Full-bodied, but not heavy with notes of ripe dark red fruit. this wine is a blend of Garnacha (otherwise known as Grenache), Tempranillo, Cariñena and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This Gran Reserva is a rare opportunity to taste mature Spanish wine, a rare treat . Pair with veal. Drink: 2008-2016. 82024 13% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. December 6, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review

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