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Ross Estate Lights Out Shiraz 2009, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Black raspberry jam and savoury cedar goodness. Full-bodied and lip-smacking delicious. Drink: 2012-2015. 285387 14.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
Mike Weir Winery Riesling 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada  229286 11% M 750 mL  $14.95. September 1, 2011 Full Review
Séguinot-Bordet Vaillons 1Er Cru Chablis 2010, A.C., Burgundy, France  289389 13% XD 750 mL  $29.95. September 1, 2011 Full Review
Gérard Bertrand St. Chinian Syrah Mourvèdre 2009, A.C., Midi, France  281832 14% XD 750 mL  $16.95. September 1, 2011 Full Review
Château De Galifay Cairanne 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France  290080 14% XD 750 mL  $17.00. September 1, 2011 Full Review
Lillet Blanc, Bordeaux, France: This fortified wine from Bordeaux is made from the same grapes as the dry table wines there: sauvignon and semillon. About 15% liqueur is added by macerating sweet and bitter oranges in brandy. This is then aged for about a year in oak barrels. There are terrific aromas of bitter orange zest in this lively aperitif. You can also try is as a cocktail in a flute glass with about 1 oz of Lillet and 5 oz of sparkling wine. Pair with chocolate and bitter orange zest peel or dark chocolate. 322297 17% MS 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. January 3, 2013 Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
Château De Manissy Tavel André Florian, Prop.-Récolt. Rose 2011, A.C., Rhône, France: Full-bodied for rose with terrific rose petal and wild raspberry notes. Bone-dry and refreshing. Drink: 2012-2014. 276469 13% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
Schloss Reinhartshausen Erbacher Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese 2005, Prädikatswein, Rheingau, Germany: Gorgeous peach blossom and medium sweetness. Refreshing acidity balances it out and makes it perfect for any spicy dish you wish to throw at it. Drink: 2012-2015. 129858 11% M 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
Kourtaki Muscat Of Samos, A.O.Q.S., Samos, Greece: Lemon drops and lemon essence: dessert wine. Drink: 2012-2016. 938407 15% S 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 87/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
Sampietrana Vigna Delle Monache, Salice Salentino Riserva 2006, D.O.C., Puglia, Italy: Dry and savoury with dark red fruit aromas and some earth and smoke. Full-bodied. 247908 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 87/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
Fuente Elvira Pedro Escudero Verdejo 2010, D.O., Rueda, Spain: Clean and crisp with a tasty edge. Lemon and smoke. Very seductive aperitif. Medium-bodied. Drink: 2012-2015. 218313 14% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
Antica Antinori Family Estate Chardonnay 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States  290536 14.10% XD 750 mL  $35.95. September 1, 2011 Full Review

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