Best Medium Red Wine 2016

Expressive fruit and modest tannins are tame enough for fish yet flavourful enough for pepperoni pizza or meatloaf.

December 1, 2015

By DJ Kearney / Photo: Eydis Einarsdóttir

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CATEGORY WINNER: Fontodi Chianti Classico 2011
Italy
$31.99 +533315

It’s fair to call this classy Chianti runner-up for Best of Show, so close was the gripping final ballot among our judges. Sited in the heart of the Chianti Classico region and organically farmed since 2008, this all-sangiovese wine is aged in old barrels. Judges praised its fruity, spicy, earthy, oaky layers, all given extra dimension from a warm and generous vintage. It’s a true and pure expression of the grape and terroir.

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Damilano Lecinquevigne Barolo 2010
Italy
$43.99 +484634

Perfumed, leathery, muscular wine typifies the “tar and roses” of Barolo

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Two Hands Angels’ Share McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012
Australia
$34.99+57752

Powerful yet elegant wine from prized old-vine shiraz in ancient terroir

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Giovanni Rosso Langhe Nebbiolo 2012
Italy
$26.99 +779702

Nebbiolo’s distinctive flavour, for a steal

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Undurraga Sibaris Pinot Noir Gran Reserva 2013
Chile
$13.99+761205

Eloquently transmits the exceptional terroir of the chilly Leyda Valley

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Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2012
Australia
$26.09

Cool-climate Yarra pinot noir that’s sleek and silky

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Brotte La Fiole Côtes du Rhône 2013 France
$17.49 +194498

Silky smooth, spicy southern Rhône blend for your next hearty braise

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Casa Planeta Syrah 2013
Italy
$15.59 +130252

Judges adored this dense but juicy syrah from famous Sicilian estate Planeta

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Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Reserva 2012
Argentina
$30.99 +522870

Exceptional malbec that’s an internationally acknowledged benchmark

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Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Chile
$23.99 +322586

Plush and polished cabernet from one of Chile’s great valleys

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Castiglion del Bosco Rosso di Montalcino 2012
Italy
$24.49 +628974

Think of this as baby brunello for earlier drinking and less money

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Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Reserva 2011
Spain
$12.29 +270363

Pour, sip, repeat, and pat yourself on the back for scoring such a steal

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Stags’ Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
USA
$49.99 +473389

Pedigreed Napa cab with powerful black fruit from a superb vintage

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Vistalba Corte C 2014
Argentina
$20.49 +12070

Memorable malbec blend from prestigious Mendoza terroir

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Moon Curser Carmenere 2013
Canada
$42.90 +634014

Chile’s signature grape clearly loves the Okanagan

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Cusumano Sicilia Nero d’Avola 2013
Italy
$16.29 +143610

Sicilian warmth and terroir shines through chewy fig and cassis flavours

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Mezzomondo Salento Negroamaro 2014
Italy
$8.99 +135178

Soft, fruit-forward red is well-built and well-priced

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Telmo Rodriguez Viña 105 2013
Spain
$19.79 +603753

Robust bistro red from savant winemaker Telmo Rodrigues

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Luccarelli Puglia Negroamaro 2012
Italy
$12.99 +295287

Cheerful bargain red from the heel of Italy’s boot

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Piccini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2009
Italy $34.99 +36012

One of the very best bargains from one of Italy’s most prestigious regions

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Clos Pegase Mitsuko’s Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir 2012
USA $51.99 +5603

Bold, dark-fruited pinot with oak and Burgundian elegance

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