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Linfield Road The Stubborn Patriarch Shiraz 2008, Barossa, South Australia, Single Vineyard, Australia: Vintages Wine Panel: Linfield Road can trace its winemaking history to 1860, when Edmund Wilson planted the family’s first vines. Five generations of the family have now had a hand in producing their handcrafted single-vineyard wines. This Shiraz, named for Captain Andrew Wilson who favoured execution rather than uttering “God Save the King” following the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Bothwell Brig in 1679, is toasty, medium-full bodied and lovely, with oodles of dark fruit and plenty of oomph balanced by impressive finesse and structure. My note: Terrific depth and concentration with blackberry richness and black silk satisfaction. Full-bodied and deep and long. Drink: 2008-2014. 223032 15.30% XD 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 91/100. June 11, 2011 Full Review
Wine Men of Gotham Wineinc Shiraz Grenache 2008, South Australia, Australia: Rich and warm with a wrap-around-you comfort. Black fleshy ripe fruit with a comforting blanket of smoky oak. Terrific wine, especially for the money. Drink: 2012-2015. 269324 14.20% XD 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 88/100. April 14, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008, Barossa, South Australia, Australia: Juicy, full-bodied with black fruit yet not over-oaked. Loaded with layers of lapping pleasures. Sink your senses into this one. Drink: 2012-2016. 716142 14.50% D 750 mL  $89.95 Score: 93/100. November 24, 2012 Full Review
Full Press Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Niagara Falls, Canada: Zesty and herbal, with zippy aromas of freshly-cut grass, chives and lime. Perfect with the fresh catch of the day. Drink: 2011-2012. 219915 12% MD 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 85/100. March 28, 2011 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
Fat Bastard Shiraz 2008, V.D.P., Languedoc, Roussilon, France  563122 13.50% XD 750 mL  $14.95. July 23, 2008 Full Review
Man Vintners Chardonnay 2011, W.O., Coastal Region, South Africa: A nicely balanced chardonnay at an incredibly great price. Medium- to full-bodied with lovely, generous flavours of ripe peach and pear and some almond. Try it with pork tenderloin. Drink: 2012-2015. 12423 13.50% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. February 2, 2013 Best Value White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Fish Hoek Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Western Cape, South Africa: Grassy and herbal with white grapefruit notes. Medium-bodied, zesty and refreshing. Perfect for green salads and vegetarian dishes. Drink: 2013-2014. 129726 13% XD 750 mL  $9.95 Score: 86/100. January 3, 2013 Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Tormentoso Old Vine Man Vintners Chenin Blanc 2011, W.O., Paarl, South Africa: Lovely! Exotic and faint floral aromas with white peach and melon. Gorgeous aperitif or seafood companion. Drink: 2012-2015. 278366 13.50% D 750 mL  $14.95 Score: 90/100. August 4, 2012 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Spice Route Wine Company Chakalaka 2009, W.O., Swartland, Western Cape, South Africa: A savoury, woodsmoke red with fleshy blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied and smooth and ultra-food-friendly. Drink: 2012-2016. 160481 14.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 13, 2012 Full Review

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