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Carmen Reserva Carmenere  169052 . March 1, 2012 Full Review
Finca Flichman Gestos Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Lovely plummy notes mingle with mocha and blackberries. Deep, rich and supple, this full-bodied red has lots to offer. It was aged for 6 months in American oak (60%) and French oak (40%) and then another 4 months in the bottle. It's ready to drink when you are. This wine will be available in the Vintages September 26 release, but you may find it elsewhere before then. 68999 13% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. January 7, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Domaine De La Presidente Nonciature 2007, A.C., Châteauneuf Du Pape, Rhône, France: A mellow, but full-bodied Châteauneuf that has aged beautifully. I like the more subtle dark fruit and dried herb and smoke aromas coming out of the glass versus full-on red and black fruit of youth. Drink: 2011-2018. 237339 14% XD 750 mL  $44.95 Score: 90/100. July 23, 2011 Full Review
Chateau De Gourgazaud 2009, Languedoc, Roussilon, France: Stunning for this price point! Reminds me of classic Bordeaux: woodsmoke, cassis and leather with some black pepper on the nose. Full-bodied and smooth. Layers of terrific flavour. This wine is a blend of syrah and mouvedre grapes. Drink: 2010-2015. 22384 13.50% XD 750 mL  $12.55 Score: 89/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Henry Fessy Moulin-Â-Vent 2009, A.C., Beaujolais, France: Juicy and vibrant with come-alive raspberry-cherry berry notes. I really like this because it’s not too sweet on the fruit ripeness, and have great mouth-watering juiciness. Medium-bodied and smooth. Drink: 2009-2014. 233924 13.50% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 90/100. July 23, 2011 Full Review
Giordano Collection Di Manduria Primitivo 2009, D.O.C., Puglia, Italy  51797 14.50% D 750 mL  $17.95. November 10, 2011 Full Review
Bertani Valpantena Ripasso 2008, Italy  12443  750 mL  $17.70. July 24, 2008 Full Review
Pinotage - Diemersfontein 2003, South Africa  13.50%  750 mL  $24.99. March 1, 2012 Full Review
Ramón Bilbao Reserva 2005, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain: Coffee aromas mingle sensually with fleshy black plum notes. Full-bodied and supple. Very delicious! Drink: 2012-2015. 281097 14% XD 750 mL  $17.00 Score: 90/100. June 23, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Mas Foraster Josep Foraster Criança 2006, D.O., Conca De Barbera, Montblanc, Spain: A big, black, brooding blend of Cabernet 40%, Syrah 30%, Tempranillo 30%. Hulking black fruit and smoke from the oak. Tasty, knock-it-back wine. Drink: 2011-2014. 218321 13.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 20, 2011 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Legón Crianza 2008, D.O., Ribera Del Duero, Spain: Subtle, balanced and medium- to full-bodied. Like wearing your favourite pair of comfortable jeans: kick back and lounge. Dark fruit and smoke. Drink: 2012-2015. 276089 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. September 1, 2012 Full Review
RavensWood Zinfandel 2010, California, United States: Ravenswood is one of California's zinfandel pioneers, and remains one of its best producers today. This terrific Vintners Blend Zin offers enticing aromas of spice, black raspberry, brambleberry and blueberry and raspberry. It's terrifically vibrant with layers of textured flavor. Smooth with polished tannins and a warm finish are perfect for the barbecue because it has the flavours to stand up to grilled meats but a juiciness that is a terrific complement to the smoky flavours. This is also a great wines for pizza and movie night and is available year-round in the Vintages Essentials Collection. Drink: 2012-2015. 359257 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. June 22, 2012 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma County, California, United States: Blackberry liqueur and fleshy ripe purple and black plums. Incredible richness and depth from a master. Drink: 2012-2016. 942151 14.80% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. November 10, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

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