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10 Go 4 Gold Wines: Sochi

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Crios Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: An absolutely incredible wine for the money! Juicy, savoury and delicious: full-bodied with rich layers of ripe plums, blackberry and other dark fruits. Unfined and Unfiltered, Dominio del Plata, Susana Balbo. Superb craftsmanship! Drink: 2014-2018. 640979 14% D 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Harmonious Hard Cheese Wine Full Review
Benmarco Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina: A robust and vibrant red wine that offers lots of pleasure in every glass. Coffee, mocha and espresso on a black fruit layers of full-bodied goodness. Smoky to the finish. Try it with hamburgers. Unfined and Unfiltered, Dominio del Plata. Drink: 2014-2016. 657601 14% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Best Value Red Wine. Heavenly Hamburger Wine Full Review
Ad Lib Hen & Chicken Oaked Chardonnay 2010, Pemberton, West Australia, Australia: A terrific, robust chardonnay produced by The Yard Wine Company. A mouth-watering acidity balances the luscious tropical fruit flavours here. Green apple vibrancy is blanketed in toasted hazelnut. Full-bodied and generous. Highly recommended. Drink: 2013-2017. 297697 13.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
McWilliams Wines Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Cellar Aged Semillon 2006, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia: There's nothing like Australian Semillon grape-based wines: you must try this one if you haven't sampled their delights previously. Semillon from Australia also differs vastly from Semillon in other regions of the world: here it has a complex beeswax, dry honey and lanolin bouquet and mouth-filling texture. Terrific balancing acidity for a wide range of dishes and a long finish to make you return to this bottle again and again. Drink: 2014-2020. 724492 10.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 93/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated White Wine. Voluptuous Veal Wine Full Review
Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache 2011, Mclaren Vale, South Australia, Australia: Round, smooth and delicious with a full-bodied weight that's not heavy. A polished texture and a satisfying depth of flavour. Drink: 2013-2018. 262105 15% XD 750 mL  $26.95 Score: 90/100. February 1, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling 2011, Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., 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
Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2011, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada: Tart cherry and cranberry wrapped in smoky mocha from the oak. Full-bodied for Pinot Noir, but nonetheless balanced and delicious. Lovely bright cherry notes on the finish of this BC VQA wine. Drink: 2013-2017. 545012 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. February 15, 2014 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Château De Bligny Grande Réserve Brut Rosé, Champagne, France: This crisp champagne offers cherry notes on the nose. It's zesty, with mouth-watering acidity and great balance. Stands alone as an aperitif or drink it with seafood and shellfish. Drink: 2014-2017. 352161 12% D 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 90/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Patrick Lesec Pierres Dorées 2010, Châteauneuf-Du-Pape, Rhône, France: This Rhone AC-designated red wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre grapes. Powerful aromas of black cherry, blackberry liqueur, anise and smoke. A towering red that will serve hearty meat dishes well. Drink: 2015-2022. 79749 15.50% D 750 mL  $49.95 Score: 93/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Akarua Pinot Noir 2011, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand: A gloriously vibrant pinot noir that's medium-bodied and packed with flavour. A rich, silky Pinot bursting with ripe cherries and wild berries. Small kick of spice. Full-bodied. Closed with a screwcap. Try it tonight with roast chicken, and invite me along please. OTHER: The 2011 Pinot Noir was aged 10 months in French oak, 30% new. Medium to deep ruby-purple in color, it offers a good intensity of black berry, mulberry and red plum notes with hints of cedar, toast, black pepper and baking spices. Medium to full-bodied with a medium level of grainy tannins, it has a medium to high level of acid lifting the pure berry flavors and finishing long. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2017+. Score - 91 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW,, Oct. 2012) Drink: 2014-2019. 79541 14% D 750 mL  $37.95 Score: 93/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Delightful Duck Wine Full Review
Terra Valentine Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California, United States: Menthol aromas flooded by blackberries and cassis on the nose. Good grip, balance and structure on the palate. Full-bodied. Complex and beautifully structured with a long finish. Drink: 2013-2016. 269431 14.90% XD 750 mL  $56.95 Score: 92/100. February 1, 2014 Top Rated Red Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review

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