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Spectator Selections- Smart Buys 04/12

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch Reserve (2010)
Comments: Juicy and well-focused, with mouthwatering pear, fig and apple notes... Drink now through 2013. -JM
Previously available for $13.04
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2 Markham Merlot Napa Valley (2008)
Comments: Sleek and well-focused, with appealing aromas of red currant and toasty tomato ... Drink now through 2017. -TF
Average price: $19.97 from 6 stores
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3 Milbrandt Vineyards Merlot Wahluke Slope the Estates (2009)
Comments: Ripe and broad, offering a plush-textured mouthful of red berry, Italian plum ... Drink now through 2017. -HS
Average price: $21.99 from 1 store
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4 Rocland Shiraz Barossa Valley Chocolate Box (2009)
Comments: Rich and ripe, bursting with cherry, floral, and, yes, chocolate flavors ... Drink now through 2014. -HS
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5 Borsao Tres Picos (2010)
Comments: This rich red is brimming with raspberry jam, chocolate, licorice and wild herb ... Drink now through 2015. -TM
Average price: $16.99 from 8 stores
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6 Duboeuf Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents (2010)
Comments: Rich notes of fruitcake and spiced plum mix with hints of tea leaf ... Drink now through 2015. -AN
Average price: $16.99 from 3 stores
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7 Bodegas Luzon Jumilla Seleccion Crianza (2008)
Comments: This supple red delivers black cherry, smoke, mineral and licorice flavors... Drink now through 2016. -TM
Previously available for $10.39
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8 Vignerons de Saumur Saumur Champigny Reserve des Vignerons (2010)
Comments: A juicy, mouthfilling style, with bramble, blackberry and currant notes ... Drink now through 2013. -JM
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9 Napa Valley Chardonnay (2010)
Comments: Notably rich and creamy, yet elegant and refined, the Chardonnay delivers a supple ... Drink now through 2018. -JL
Average price: $31.99 from 3 stores
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