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Jacob's Creek Moscato 2012, Australia  9300727013187 . March 1, 2012 Full Review
Casella Family Brands 1919 Shiraz 2010, McLaren Vale, Australia: The wine style is vibrant, ripe and generous. All in all a drop that is big on flavour and deep in colour with an intense aroma. It has delicious concentrated berry and anise fruit flavours with hints of classic cracked pepper spice. These flavours are complimented by mocha vanillin notes from the maturation in American oak barrels and seamless tannins. The cellaring potential is 8 years Drink: 2012-2025. 14.50% XD 750 mL  $103.99 Score: 95/100. April 25, 2017 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Santa Carolina Shiraz 2015, Central Valley, Chile: A full-bodied, smooth Chilean red wine made from Shiraz grapes. Notes of black plum and blackberry with some oak and spice. Simple, straight-forward and well-priced. Pair with roasted skirt steak or fettuccine al ragu. Drink: 2015-2017. 644062 12.50% D 750 mL  $8.45 Score: 86/100. March 4, 2016 Best Value Red Wine. Plush Pork Wine Full Review
Cono Sur Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé, Bio Bio Valley, Chile: Very nice bubbly for the price. Aromas of field strawberries, yet dry and toasty. Cono Sur delivers value in all of their wines. 365205 12.50% D 750 mL  $14.90 Score: 86/100. December 3, 2015 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Pierre Sparr Brut Rosé Crémant D'alsace, Alsace A.C., France: Superb quality and taste for the price of this French rosé sparkling wine! Toasty with some field raspberry notes. Bone-dry and refreshing. Here's your summer party rosé bubbly. Bring it on! A terrific producer and well-known in Alsace and around the world. Pair with grilled fish. Drink: 2018-2020. 39016 12% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. July 10, 2020 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review
Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011, Tuscany D.O.C.G., Italy: Juicy and savoury with delicious dark layers of fleshy black cherry and blackberry. Great zing on the palate and finish to add refreshment and food friendly virtuoso-ness. Pair with hearty meat sauces and tomato dishes. Drink: 2015-2019. 332411 14% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. October 31, 2015 Top Rated Red Wine. Perfect Pasta and Tomato Sauce Wine Full Review
Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio 2014, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand: Zippy and refreshing with aromas of lime and grapefruit. Ends on an up note of lime and lemon zest and springtime energy. Cool climate viticulture from the North Island shows through in this zesty Pinot Grigio. Bone-dry with lime lift through the mid-palate. Good mouth-watering acidity for seafood or an aperitif. Drink: 2014-2017. 326090 12% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. June 5, 2016 Best Value White Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Hamilton Russell Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2013 Dry 2013, Hemel-En-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay W.O., South Africa: Lavish fleshy ripe cherry aromas and flavours yet not simple or sweet. Complex, elegant and layered. Some dark spice on the finish. Silk texture. Chapter three of my second book (Unquenchable) includes a visit to this winery and dinner with the brilliant Anthony Hamilton Russell. Drink: 2015-2023. 999516 13.50% D 750 mL  $57.95 Score: 95/100. March 19, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Château St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Alexander Valley, California, United States: Balanced, complex and distinguished: this full-bodied Californian Cabernet hails from the cool climate of Sonoma. The dramatic difference in day and nighttime temperatures (diurnal) makes for ripe wines that have underlying balance. Finishes with cassis, smoke, anise and dried tobacco. Drink: 2015-2020. 977173 14.20% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 91/100. March 19, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review

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