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Versado Reserva Malbec 2010, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina: Exotic Bordeaux nose that still delivers plenty of Argentine sunshine and black fruit power and concentration. There's finesse and elegance here. Aromas of smoke, dark spice, and field of black flowers. Full-bodied and smooth though decant for 2 hours. Serve only the finest cuts of meat with this red wonder. Drink: 2013-2019. 316984 14.20% XD 750 mL  $59.95 Score: 95/100. November 22, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Classic nose of blackcurrant, cassis and sage brush. Full-bodied and very solidly structured. Packed with dark fruit personality and flavour. Decant 2 hours for maximum pleasure. Great for steak. Drink: 2013-2017. 965830 14.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. November 23, 2013 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Featherstone Winery Black Sheep Riesling 2012, V.Q.A., Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada: So beautiful! This riesling has it all: juicy, peach and lime aromas, balance, complexity, length and lambs. (That was a baaaaah-d joke, I know.) Medium-bodied and packed with flavour. These folks are Riesling Masters: Ka-pow! Drink: 2013-2017. 80234 10% M 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. August 30, 2014 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Gewürztraminer 2012, V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Classic gewurz! Rose petal, spice and lychee. Very nice: balanced yet not overdone. Yay! Drink: 2013-2017. 904185 13% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 92/100. November 23, 2013 Spectacular Spicy Wine Full Review
Crognolo Tenuta Sette Ponti 2010, I.G.T., Tuscany, Italy: Dry and mouth-watering with savoury herbs and tart cherry aromas. Full-bodied, but not heavy. Decant 2 hours. The finish is inflected with anise, pepper and blackberry. Drink: 2016-2025. 727636 14% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 88/100. November 23, 2013 Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Quinta Do Portal Vintage Port 2003, D.O.C., Douro, Portugal: Gorgeous aromas and flavours of black plums, blackcurrant and blackberry liqueur. Juicy and mouth-watering, with incredible depth, concentration and length on the finish. Try it! Drink: 2013-2025. 345041 20% S 750 mL  $58.95 Score: 95/100. November 23, 2013 Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Urbina Gran Reserva Especial 1994, D.O.C., Rioja, Spain  355743 14% D 750 mL  $46.95. November 23, 2012 Full Review
La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial Javier Amescua La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Especial Javier Amescua 2004, D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain  315531 13.60% XD 750 mL  $38.95. November 23, 2012 Full Review
Stag's Leap Wine Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay 2011, Napa Valley, California, United States: A full-bodied white wine with great balance. Peach and butterscotch. Try it with roast chicken. Drink: 2013-2016. 54585 13.50% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 90/100. November 23, 2013 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red 2009, Napa Valley, California, United States: A cult cabernet from the heart of Napa Valley that is screamingly over-priced. Yes it's good, for $45. Full-bodied with dark fruit and a finish to satisfy fools who love to throw away their money. Drink: 2013-2017. 329375 15.20% D 750 mL  $159.95 Score: 90/100. November 23, 2013 Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review

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