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The best end-of-summer wines

To go with that last, official summer barbecue, the choices are many, especially if you're grilling red meat.

Consider the uncomplicated, balanced 2013 Trapiche Broquel Malbec ($18), a meaty wine for sure. Same for the spirited, black-fruit driven 2012 Doña Paula Estate Malbec ($15), which is fine with cured meats, too. Both are from Argentina.

From Australia comes the 2012 Yalumba The Scribbler ($20), which boldly writes its own recommendation in cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. There's a floral note to accompany all those berries. Concentrated and vivid: the 2012 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium ($65), a red blend, mostly old-vine shiraz, plus cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc in full-bodied harmony. Both are from Barossa, South Australia.

Two seamless Napa Valley cabernets suit the festivities. The 2012 Robert Mondavi cabernet sauvignon ($28) is slightly herbaceous, and loaded with blackberry; the 2012 Franciscan Estate cabernet sauvignon ($28) delivers dark cherry, vanilla, cassis, and some spice. They both add a pleasing hint of chocolate.

Zinfandel is a match for grilled beef. And the expressive 2013 Quivira Black Boar Zinfandel ($45) shows why. It's both intense and fresh, with traces of blackberry and a long finish -- a standout Dry Creek Valley varietal.

The 2012 Tom Gore Vineyards Alexander Valley Field Blend ($40) is a robust, ripe, layered red blend, primarily petit verdot, Malbec, and merlot, plus some cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo. The medium-bodied, 2012 Tom Gore cabernet sauvignon ($15) is straightforward and good. Each will complement everything from burgers to porterhouse.

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