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The Little Grape That Could Torrontes 2010, Argentina: Floral and pretty with lovely notes of white peach and sun-dappled apricot. All the profits from this wine go to the charity of your choice. Drink: 2011-2013. 274738 12.50% D 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 86/100. July 30, 2012 Full Review
Sister's Run Epiphany Shiraz 2008, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Fantastic for the money! Full-bodied with a streak of acidity that holds together the fleshy dark fruit flavours. Full-bodied and layered. Drink: 2012-2015. 269464 14.50% D 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 89/100. April 28, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Blasted Church Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008, Okanagan Valley VQA, Canada: Black cherry and beetroot lead in this full-bodied, satin-smooth, lovely pinot. There are also some earthy notes in the background. This wine was pressed into 100% French oak, 50% new barrels. It was bottled unfiltered so you get all that good flavour and stuffing! Drink: 2011-2015. 35881 12.70% D 750 mL  $24.99 Score: 89/100. March 28, 2011 Full Review
St. Francis Chardonnay 2009, Sonoma County, California, United States: Full-bodied and rich with toasty oak and green apple notes. Drink: 2012-2016. 317131 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Cardinal Zin Big House Zinfandel 2011, California, United States: Incredibly great price for such a delicious, full-bodied red! Smoky with toasty oak, mocha and fleshy black plum aromas. Smooth on the palate. Ready to go when you are. Drink: 2013-2015. 272401 13.50% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. March 7, 2013 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Seven Deadly Zins Old Vine Zinfandel 2010, Lodi, California, United States: Wow! Coffee smoke and fleshy black plums on the nose. Layers of pleasure and full-bodied richness on the palate. Long finish. Top me up please! Drink: 2013-2016. 59311 15% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 92/100. March 7, 2013 Best Beef Wine Full Review

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