Best Rich Red Wine 2016

Bold and powerful, these reds are loaded with flavour, emphatic tannins, and rich body. Best in a big-bowled glass with robust food: stir-fried beef or steak tartare.

December 1, 2015

By DJ Kearney / Photo: Eydis Einarsdóttir

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CATEGORY WINNER: Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Australia
$24.49 +502039

Our Best of Show is the 57th edition of an Australian classic. Signature cassis, a hint of mint fragrance, and savoury dark fruit flavours glide over smooth and seamless tannins. Well-etched acidity and Coonawarra’s dusty mineral stamp shows on the long, firm finish. Full-bodied and elegant, with claret-like refreshment, this is the kind of wine to buy by the case and tuck away for a decade.

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Painted Rock Syrah 2013
Canada
$34.69 +130989

Cool-climate B.C. syrah with black fruit, cracked pepper, and lithe tannins

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C.C. Jentsch Syrah 2013
Canada
$29.90 +524868

This champion was the best syrah in the recent Judgment of BC

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Musella Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2012
Italy
$28.99 +806224

Think of this tip-top quality valpolicella as baby amarone

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Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc 2012
Canada
$34.90

One of Canada’s most celebrated wines from elite Poplar Grove

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Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Australia
$17.49 +685735

Cab-shiraz blend from superstar winemaker Ben Glaetzer

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KWV Roodeberg 2012
South Africa
$12.29 +7187

Seven-grape Cape classic that’s been around since 1949 at an astonishing price

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Giusti Umberto I 2008
Italy
$181.70 +47605

Impressive vin de garde from a Canadian-owned Venetian estate

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Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Australia
$35.99 +172148

Margaret River is the region for structured, ageable cabernet sauvignon

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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
USA
$35.99 +255513

Blue-blooded cabernet sauvignon hits all the brain’s pleasure centres

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Wolf Blass Gold Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Australia
$24.49 +120840

Inky, earthy, curranty, minty beauty from the Gold Label program

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Poplar Grove The Legacy 2011
Canada
$49.90 +611137

Potent and polished four-grape blend from the Naramata Bench

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Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2011
South Africa
$19.99 +153882

Elegant, classified growth wine from Paarl

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Colomé Estate Malbec 2012
Argentina
$26.99 +956896

From the world’s highest-altitude vineyards, this is very special malbec

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Langmeil Barossa Valley Floor Shiraz 2013
Australia
$29.49 +564450

High-impact shiraz from one of the custodians of Barossa’s old-vine heritage

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Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2011
Italy
$24.99 +25163

Benchmark Chianti shows consistent quality vintage after vintage

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Ca’Rugate Amarone della Valpolicella 2009
Italy
$62.99 +278291

Superb velvety amarone with molten dark fruit—a fireside wine

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Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Merlot 2012
Canada
$27.49 +153213

Dark chocolate, fruitcake, and toasty oak combine to great effect

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Ruffino Modus 2012
Italy
$30.49 +614354

Modern, well-priced Tuscan wine blends sangiovese, merlot, and cab

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Emiliana Coyam 2012
Chile
$27.49 +845321

Hoard a case of this biodynamic, globally-admired Chilean red blend

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