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Big Reds

These powerful reds leave it all on the field. They're as bold as wine gets, delivering concentrated flavors with as much depth as the fruit will allow. The perennial standouts in this category all hail from warmer climates, where grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec and Zinfandel can reach their optimal ripeness. Syrah continues to prove itself to be a breakout star in regions around the world, from Australia to California to Washington.
92 $20 Peter Lehmann Shiraz Barossa The Barossan 2015 Australia This dense red offers sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and fleshy notes of spiced plum and wild blackberry.—MaryAnn Worobiec
90 $16 Hess Family Latin America Malbec Salta Amalaya 2016 Argentina Creamy and lush, showing vibrant red fruit flavors, with good cut and length on the peppery finish.—Kim Marcus
90 $17 Casas del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Gran Reserva 2015 Chile Powerful and rich-tasting, with concentrated flavors of dried raspberry and plum tart accented by plenty of toasty notes.—Kim Marcus
90 $17 Volver La Mancha 2015 Spain Flavors of black cherry and red plum flavors mingle with cocoa and licorice notes in this generous red. A fruit-forward style, with depth.—Thomas Matthews
90 $18 Antigal Winery & Estates Malbec Mendoza Uno 2014 Argentina A well-structured red, offering rich flavors of dried raspberry and cherry tart accented by beefy notes.—Kim Marcus
90 $20 Turley Zinfandel California Juvenile 2015 California Peppery black cherry aromas lead to complex flavors of berry cobbler and licorice in this vibrant, zesty red.—Tim Fish
90 $20 Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero Pruno 2015 Spain Rich yet lively, this red delivers ripe flavors of boysenberry and black plum, with leafy and orange peel notes.—Thomas Matthews
89 $12 Paringa Shiraz South Australia 2015 Australia Smoke and sandalwood details accent the black cherry and currant flavors in this red, with lingering dried herb notes.—MaryAnn Worobiec
89 $13 d’Arenberg Shiraz McLaren Vale The Stump Jump 2014 Australia Raspberry and matcha green tea flavors are fresh and vibrant in this red, with details of spice and red licorice.—MaryAnn Worobiec
89 $15 Brotte Côtes du Rhône-Villages Cairanne Création Grosset 2016 France Ripe and focused, offering a racy feel to the raspberry and cherry coulis flavors. Shows a light pastis hint on the finish, with a solid graphite edge.—James Molesworth
89 $15 Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Columbia Valley 2014 Washington Expressive blackberry and smoky meat aromas lead to licorice and pepper flavors framed by ripe tannins.—Tim Fish
89 $15 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills H3 2015 Washington Floral red currant aromas lead to focused black cherry, crushed stone and tobacco flavors that finish with refined tannins.—Tim Fish
89 $15 Château Mont-Redon Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2015 France Ripe and racy, with a beam of red currant and raspberry pâte de fruit laced with anise and singed apple wood notes.—James Molesworth
89 $16 Cave de Roquebrun Coteaux du Languedoc Chemin des Olivettes 2016 France A muscular red, with savory aromas of dried meat and charred herb weaving through the grilled plum and dried blackberry fruit flavors.—Gillian Sciaretta
89 $18 Tensley Fundamental Central Coast 2015 California Dark and potent, with brooding blueberry, orange zest and smoky spice flavors that finish with big but ripe tannins. Syrah.—Tim Fish
89 $20 Frei Brothers Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Reserve 2015 California Expressive raspberry jam aromas open to snappy, fruit-forward cherry and spicy cinnamon flavors.—Tim Fish
89 $20 Robert Hall Syrah Paso Robles 2014 California A lovely, easygoing Syrah, with violet and blueberry aromas that lead to supple, soft raspberry and spicy cinnamon flavors.—Tim Fish
88 $13 Quinta dos Murças Douro Assobio 2015 Portugal Savory and well-spiced, showing dried herb and fresh earth aromas and boysenberry and red plum flavors, with firm tannins.—Gillian Sciaretta
88 $13 Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua 2015 Chile This fleshy red offers dried berry and roasted plum flavors that are firm, with savory and white pepper notes.—Kim Marcus
88 $19 Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Three Vineyards 2014 California Pure, rich and focused, this red offers mint and bay leaf notes shaded by currant and blackberry nuances, with full, round tannins.—James Laube