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Finca Flichman Expresiones Reserve Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Mendoza, Argentina: Rich and fleshy black and purple plum aromas and flavours. Round, full-bodied and luscious. Very accessible, great party wine. Drink: 2012-2015. 17111 14.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 88/100. December 8, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2010, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina: Mocha with black plum and dark spices. Savoury, meaty with a heart of darkness. Great price! Drink: 2012-2015. 677559 13% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. December 8, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2008, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Full-bodied with big black fruit... A smoky, dried fruit finish. Luscious layers of flavour. Drink: 2012-2015. 98392 14.50% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 88/100. February 18, 2012 Full Review
Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2007, Australia, Australia: Rich and luscious with terrific intensity. A core of black cherry runs through the heart of this dark wine. Ultra-satisfying and hedonistic. Drink: 2012-2016. 719575 14.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 92/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Barossa Valley Estate Moculta Shiraz 2007, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: A gorgeous red, especially for fans of the cult favourite E&E Black Pepper Shiraz, its parent. Love the layers of dark fruit flavour here. Savoury, juicy goodness through and through. Drink: 2012-2016. 263707 14% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 92/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Vineayard Selection Block 27 Carmenère 2008, Peumo Vineyard, Peumo, Cachapoal Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile: Superb! Full-bodied with layers of black fruit, toasty oak, violets and a lick of dark spices. Very complex and satisfying. Drink: 2012-2018. 562892 14.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. March 3, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Chateau De Sancerre Cuvee Du Coonectable, Marnier Lapostolle Sancerre 2008, A.C., Loire, France: Love this! Halzelnuts and almonds on the nose followed by some of the juciest, most mouth-watering flavours of white peach, green apple and Asian pear I've tasted. Get a case! Drink: 2012-2017. 3018300017298 13.50% XD 750 mL  $25.00 Score: 93/100. May 12, 2012 Full Review
Réserve Du Crouzau St. Gervais Foncalieu 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône-Villages, France: Stunning for the price! Full-bodied and richly layered and smooth with lots of fleshy black fruit and some smoke on the finish. Awesome party wine. Drink: 2012-2016. 142943 15.10% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 91/100. December 8, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec Champagne, France: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin was just 27 when her husband died of a malignant fever leaving her with the winery and an eight-year-old daughter in 1805. Her aggressive export strategy to Russia during the Napoleonic wars earned her the top spot in that market for decades. This particular bubbly has a touch of white peach and tangerine sweetness that makes it perfect for glazed ham and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 38307 12.50% M 750 mL  $70.00 Score: 92/100. February 18, 2012 Full Review
Perrin & Fils Réserve Blanc 2010, A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Lovely! Not too oaky or fruity... Just a delicious blend of earth and sunshine. Full-bodied with layers of Asian pear and a hint of smoke. Drink: 2012-2015. 499509 13% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. February 18, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago, New Zealand: Stunning! Smoky cherries open up to a sensory world of berries and spices. So lovely. Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Drink: 2012-2016. 55228 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. February 18, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lots of oak balanced by fleshy ripe black fruit. Full-bodied, mouth-watering juicy with a great finish. Smoky and toasty. Yum! Drink: 2012-2017. 590414 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 24, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Lots of oak balanced by fleshy ripe black fruit. Full-bodied, mouth-watering juicy with a great finish. Smoky and toasty. Yum! Drink: 2012-2017. 590414 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. November 24, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Quinta Do Infantado Ruby Port, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Smokin! Especially for this price. Rich and layered with lots of pleasure. Dark berry jam and happiness. Drink: 2012-2018. 979898 19.50% MS 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. May 12, 2012 Best Value Dessert Wine. Divine Dessert Wine Full Review
La Crema Chardonnay 2009, Sonoma Coast,California, United States: I love the chardonnays and pinots from this winery year after year. This classic chardonnay has lovely aromas of green apple vibrant wrapped in toasty oak. Drink: 2012-2015. 962886 13.90% XD 750 mL  $28.95 Score: 90/100. February 18, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Hitching Post Hometown Pinot Noir 2008, Santa Barbara County, California, United States: Incredible freshness and vibrancy for a pinot with such high alcohol. Lovely cherries and spices and a long, satisfying finish. This was the winery featured in the movie Sideways ... No wonder Miles was a pinot fan! Drink: 2012-2015. 256644 14.10% XD 750 mL  $26.95 Score: 90/100. February 18, 2012 Full Review
Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir 2008, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Incredibly plush and cherry-soaked wine with layers of lovely come-back-to-me longing. Full-bodied but not heavy. Ultra-satisfying and seductive. Drink: 2012-2016. 737890 14.50% D 750 mL  $41.95 Score: 93/100. February 18, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: Dark chocolate and coffee lead on the nose. There's dark fruit and smoke on the finish. Full-bodied and supple. Drink: 2012-2015. 222877 14.40% D 750 mL  $69.95 Score: 90/100. February 4, 2012 Full Review
Opus One 2008, Napa Valley, California, United States: Just a baby: give this one cellar time. Classic, robust, complex and deep with black fruit and toasty oak. Drink: 2014-2020. 158063 14.50% XD 750 mL  $364.95 Score: 95/100. March 17, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

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