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Pascual Toso Alta Reserve Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina: Stunning! Rich, deep, complex, satisfying. Words almost diminish the experience. Loaded with savoury dark fruit, a complex weave of smoke and a finish that you hope lasts until the next bottle. Drink: 2012-2028. 261958 13.50% XD 750 mL  $31.95 Score: 95/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Two Hands Wines Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Complex, full-bodied and delicious! Loaded with black fruit flavours yet it's very dry and balanced, with a lovely long finish. Great dinner party wine. Drink: 2012-2016. 660043 14.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Wolf Blass Gold Label Shiraz 2008, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Classic Australian shiraz nose of dark, fleshy ripe blackberries, a hint of oak and a mouth-watering juiciness. Loaded with delicious dark fruit flavours, incredible depth, concentration and length. Benchmark shiraz. Drink: 2012-2016. 590273 14% XD 750 mL  $28.95 Score: 93/100. May 12, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Gotham Old Vine Salmagundi Wineinc Named Varietal Blends-Red 2008, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia: Absolutely delicious! Stunning intensity and brightness of flavour. Rich dark plums roll over your tongue followed by a caress of smoke and spice. It's like the happy ending to a bedtime wine story. Drink: 2012-2016. 265942 14.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 94/100. March 31, 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
Château La Dauphine Meritage 2008, A.C., Fronsac, Bordeaux, France: Bright and juicy with fleshy black cherries. Savoury meatiness with a spice-lick finish. Really like it! Drink: 2011-2015. 173500 13% XD 750 mL  $29.00 Score: 90/100. December 10, 2011 Full Review
Château Des Aladères Corbières 2008, A.C., Midi, France: Absolutely delicious with black fruit from the heart of a deep forest. Layered and savoury. Decanting for 1-2 hours will increase your pleasure. Drink: 2012-2016. 276063 14.50% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. April 28, 2012 Full Review
Vincent Girardin Santenay Les Gravières 1Er Cru Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Love it! My kind of burgundy: earthy, black cherry and violets with a terrific zing of acidity. Medium- to almost full-bodied with a satin smoothness. Bring some to my birthday party please. Drink: 2012-2018. 940825 13.50% D 750 mL  $38.95 Score: 94/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Two Rivers Of Marlborough Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Here's your ultimate NZ SB! Citrus lift, not too grassy and ultra refreshing. Want to love SB? Start here. Drink: 2011-2014. 277707 13.50% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. April 28, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay 2010, Napa Valley, California, United States: A chardonnay that's vibrant and alive! Great acidity yet lovely richness and complexity with green apple, baking spice and tree fruit aromas. Drink: 2012-2016. 655381 14.10% D 750 mL  $34.95 Score: 91/100. May 12, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Seghesio Zinfandel 2010, Sonoma County, United States: Very complex with a great balance of acidity and fruit. Layers of delicious flavour and a long finish. One of the most elegant zinfandels I've ever tasted. Drink: 2012-2016. 942151 14.80% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. May 12, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Saintsbury Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2007, Carneros, California, United States: Luscious, elegant and superb. This is Californian pinot noir raised to its highest Platonic ideal. Forget philosophy though, and top up your glass: this is great wine! Drink: 2012-2016. 261594 14.90% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 95/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

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