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Malivoire Wine Company Guilty Men Red 2013, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario VQA, Canada: A rich, layered, mouth-filling red wine with mocha and dark chocolate notes from oak aging. This Niagara red wine is a blend of red grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Merlot (40%), and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir, made by one of the province's most respected wineries that operates on a gravity flow basis so the grapes and juice are gently handled. Pair with Cornish hen. Drink: 2014-2017. 192674 12.70% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 89/100. November 9, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Glorious Game Wine Full Review
The Grange of Prince Edward Estate Winery Estate Pinot Noir 2013, Prince Edward County, Ontario VQA, Canada: A mouth-watering Prince Edward County Pinot Noir with aromas and flavours of tart red cherry and cranberry. Lots of acidity on the palate. Medium-bodied and smooth. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2015-2017. 230227 13% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 87/100. December 3, 2015 Full Review
Chateau Bertinerie Grande Cuvée Bantegnies Merlot Cabernet 2010, Blaye Côtes De Bordeaux A.O.C., France: Gorgeous depth and extraction of blackberry flavour here, with some dried herbs and a voluptuous texture. There’s some balancing cedary notes and herbal flavours that prevent the wine from tasting flabby. Full-bodied and scrumptious. This is an incredible price for this wine produced by Bantegnies & Fils, Vigneron. Pair with lamb and rosemary. Drink: 2015-2018. 244640 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. September 19, 2015 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Pascal Aufranc Vignes De 1939 Chénas 2013, Beaujolais A.C., France: Juicy fruit in this lively French red wine made from Gamay grapes. Notes of strawberry-raspberry jam but light-bodied. Lots of flavour with heft with some herbal notes on the finish. Lovely, fresh, aromatic and fragrant. The vines are 74 years old. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2015-2017. 329987 12.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 88/100. August 8, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Domaine De La Madone Le Perréon Beaujolais-Villages 2013, Beaujolais A.C., France: Produced by Jean Bérerd & Fils, this jubilant almost full-bodied red spills over with bright red berry fruit and spice. Lovely! Terrific replays of fleshy raspberry on the palate and finish of this mouth-watering juicy red wine. Pair with grilled chicken. Drink: 2014-2018. 981175 13% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. February 21, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Spectacular Spicy Wine Full Review
Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand: Cherry-berry on the nose with mocha aromas from oak aging. Almost full-bodied and smooth. Love the balancing acidity. Perfect for grilled lamb. Drink: 2014-2018. 626390 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 10, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand: The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand tends to be warmer than Marlborough (especially the nights are not as cool), thus it's better known for later ripening grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Villa Maria demonstrates this amply in the glass with a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet grapes. A special area known as Gimlet Gravels provides most of the fruit for this wine and yet it's only 800 hectares in total, with old soils of fractured rock that are free draining which means the vines suffer as they should to produce great wine for you. In fact, you can go down 20 to 30 feet here and still find gravel as this was an old river bed that became exposed in the 1880s after an earthquake. This wine is amazing in that it delivers far more heft, weight and dark fruit flavour than you'd expect from just 12.5% alcohol. Yay! Drink: 2013-2018. 310300 12.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 89/100. February 1, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Oyster Bay Merlot 2013, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Round, smooth, supple Merlot with enticing aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum and blackberry on the nose and palate. Medium- to almost full-bodied. This would be a great match for grilled pork chops. Drink: 2013-2016. 692343 13% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. April 4, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Ara Pathway Pinot Noir 2013, New Zealand: A pleasant, medium-bodied, smooth, easy-drinking New Zealand red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. Aromas of black raspberry. Soft tannins. Grapes are sourced from closely planted vines and are low yielding on the winery's estate vineyards. Pair with planked salmon. Drink: 2014-2017. 416230 13% D 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 87/100. April 27, 2016 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Ontañón Crianza Tempranillo Garnacha 2010, Rioja, D.O.C.A., Spain: Grilled meat aromas and savory notes of bacon and blackberries wrapped in smoke on the nose and palate. Full-bodied and rich with mocha and vanilla-spice on the finish. Tannic grip so decant 1-2 hours. Some leather and cigar box give this wine an intriguingly mature bouquet. Amazing for the price. Try this Spanish red wine rock star. Drink: 2013-2017. 976910 13% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. January 10, 2015 Best Value Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review

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