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Top 10 Wines for Easter Lamb

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Susana Balbo Signature Dominio Del Plata Malbec 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Blueberry-blackberry pie with dark spices and smoke. Full-bodied, supple and smooth. Great price. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013-2016. 79798 14.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. February 2, 2013 Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina: Vibrant and juicy with attractive aromas of black and purple plums. Full-bodied and supple on the palate. Terrific with many types of pizza, especially meat lovers. Great price. Drink: 2013-2016. 394783 14% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. March 2, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Barossa Valley Estate E Minor Shiraz 2010, Barossa Valley, Australia: A terrific wine, especially for this price point! Full-bodied and luscious with layers of dark fruit flavour and hint of smoke weaves through. Perfect for roast beef or lamb. Drink: 2012-2016. 295907 14.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. August 30, 2014 Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Margaret River, Australia: Classic! Gorgeous blackcurrant and blackberry with mint on the nose. Full-bodied, smooth and complex on the palate. Awesome dinner party wine. Drink: 2013-2016. 606624 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. March 7, 2013 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Malivoire Wine Company Guilty Men Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Very supple and friend cab merlot blend with lovely fleshy black plum notes. The oak isn't evident. Luscious layers and very food friendly from pork chops to hamburgers. Drink: 2013-2016. 186247 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. March 16, 2013 Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Mission Hill Family Estate Five Vineyards Cabernet Merlot 2009, Okanagan V.Q.A., BC, Canada: Solid structure, well-built with a good grip on the palate. Attractive ripe blackberry and cassis notes. Decant for 1-2 hours. Drink: 2011-2015. 776545985507 13.50% D 750 mL  $16.99 Score: 88/100. October 31, 2012 Full Review
Vintage Ink Wines Mark Of Passion Merlot Cabernet 2010, VQA, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada: Mocha and dark chocolate on the nose of this full-bodied, smooth textured red. Loaded with fleshy dark plums and blackberries. Great wine for potluck gatherings or dinner parties. Drink: 2012-2014. 250209 13.40% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. July 16, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
The Foreign Affair Winery The Conspiracy 2010, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: Full-bodied and smooth with dark fruit and a meaty, savoury mid-palate note. Nicely balanced. Drink: 2012-2016. 149237 12.80% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 88/100. December 8, 2012 Full Review
Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile: Savoury and juicy with fleshy black plums and blackberries. Full-bodied and smooth. Imminently gulpable. Dark red in the glass, mouth-filling in the palate. Finishes with smoke and spice. Great with pizza. Drink: 2013-2016. 18721 14.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. February 2, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Mas Des Bressades Les Vignes De Mon Père Cabernet Syrah 2009, Vin De Pays Du Gard, Midi, France: A savoury and deep red with dark red fruit and dried herbs. Mouth-watering and juicy. This is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah grapes that was matured in oak barrels for one year. Some smoke and dark spices on the finish. Drink: 2013-2016. 712174 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 89/100. February 16, 2013 Best Beef Wine Full Review
L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico: Fleshy ripe black and purple plum aromas with some blueberry jam. The palate is ultra-smooth and delicious with more dark fruit flavours. This is an absolutely incredible wine for the price point. Pair with combination pizza, spaghetti and meatballs or cold cuts. Drink: 2013-2016. 114066 13.50% D 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 89/100. January 19, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review

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