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Coquena Bodega Yacochuya Torrontes 2011, Tolombon, Cafayate Valley, Salta, Mendoza, Argentina: Lemon scented floral blossoms and sunshine. Bright, mouth-watering and happy. Medium-bodied. Great food companion. Drink: 2012-2015. 287458 13.80% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. August 18, 2012 Full Review
Les Halos De Jupiter Philippe Cambie 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Full-bodied and juicy with smoky black fruit aromas and flavours. Drink: 2012-2015. 276956 15% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 18, 2012 Full Review
Cave de Saumur Les Vignoles Terroirs Et Lieu-Dieu De Loire Saumur-Champigny Cabernet Franc 2009, A.C., Loire, France  662585 13.50% D 750 mL  $15.95. August 18, 2011 Full Review
Cave De Lugny Cuvée Millésime Brut Crémant De Bourgogne 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Stunningly great for the money! Wow! Toasty with crisp green apple fruit. Your go-to bubbly for the next party or even New Year's, buy now. Drink: 2012-2015. 183764 11.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 18, 2012 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Bollig-Lehnert Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling 2009, Prädikatswein, Mosel, Germany: Seductive honey-apricot nose. Medium sweetness let's this wine dance with glazed ham or sweet potatoes or Asian and spicy. Medium-bodied. Terrific! Drink: 2012-2017. 284448 12% M 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. August 18, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Cennatoio Oro Chianti Classico 2009, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Smooth and full-bodied with dark fruit. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2012-2016. 121210 13.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 88/100. August 18, 2012 Full Review
Verbena Brunello Di Montalcino 2007, D.O.C.G., Tuscany, Italy: Classic mature, complex brunello: don't look for fruit. Instead expect subtle aromas of leather, cigar box and dried herbs. Full-bodied and smooth. Perfect for discussions about the latest developments in the field of astro physics. 165126 14% XD 750 mL  $37.95 Score: 93/100. August 18, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Southbank Chardonnay 2010, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Staggeringly great for the price! Full-bodied, rich and generous with aromas of peach, pear, green apple and toasty oak. Drink: 2012-2015. 278523 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. August 18, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Bosman Adama White Named Varietal Blends-White 2010, W.O., Western Cape, South Africa: Lovely lemon shine through a smoky base. Very refreshing yet satisfying in its texture and weight. Really like it! Drink: 2012-2015. 282764 13% D 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 89/100. August 18, 2012 Full Review
Calera Pinot Noir 2009, Central Coast, California, United States: Elegant, refined pinot noir from a master! Earthy with violets and some fleshy black cherry. Medium-bodied, almost full. Gorgeous. Drink: 2012-2016. 933044 14% D 750 mL  $31.95 Score: 91/100. August 18, 2012 Full Review
Eyrie Pinot Gris 2009, Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States  717421 13.50% XD 750 mL  $25.95. August 18, 2011 Full Review

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