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Father’s Day is a special day for celebrating special men, and here are recommendations of fine wines across a broad range of grapes, styles and prices:

Bodega Filus 2016 Malbec “Uco Valley Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina” ($13): Attractive to the eye, nose, palate and checkbook, with strong, full-bodied fruit, medium-soft tannins and pleasing complexity.

Farmhouse 2017 red blend “California” ($15): Enjoyable on both nose and palate with forward, nicely balanced fruit, pleasant tannins and appealing personality expressed over impressive length.

Fess Parker 2016 white blend “Marcella’s, Santa Barbara County” ($20): A wonderful Viognier-dominated blend attractive in the glass and on the nose, but best on the palate with personality, strength, crisp fruit and an extended finish.

Beckmen 2017 red blend “Cuvee Le Bec, Santa Ynez Valley” ($25): This blend of mostly Syrah and Grenache is strong on the attack and has full body, forward but well-balanced fruit, medium-soft tannins and a prolonged finish.

Cashmere 2016 red blend “Black, California” ($25): With strength, fruit and complexity, this interesting, enjoyable blend has a personality that offers texture on the palate along with balanced fruit and lingering length.

Giant Steps 2017 Pinot Noir “Yarra Valley, Australia” ($30): Light in color, but forward on the palate with pleasing crispness and modest tannins, as well as appealing complexity, integration and length.

Bouchaine 2016 Chardonnay “Carneros, Napa Valley” ($32): Features attractive strength with nicely melded oak, fine balance, very good to excellent complexity and a beautiful, strong, extended finish.

Jordan 2016 Chardonnay “Russian River Valley, Sonoma County” ($33): Deep, golden hued color is accompanied by strength and complexity on nose and palate. Strong, lean, well-balanced fruit is expressed throughout a notably long-lingering finish.

Long Meadow Ranch 2016 Pinot Gris “Anderson Valley” ($35): Attractive in the glass and on the nose, but most impressive on the palate, this organically farmed wine has forward but crisp fruit, as well as engaging complexity, personality and length.

Browne 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Columbia Valley” ($40): Enjoy purple-tinged color and fine nose presaging strength on the attack and paired with core tannins, full body, strong but well-balanced fruit and pleasing complexity.

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Neyers 2016 red blend “Left Bank Red, Napa Valley” ($40): Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are blended for beautiful hue and forward but stylish nose. Excels on the palate with excellent integration plus highly pleasing refinement, tannins, complexity and length.

Donnafugata 2016 dessert wine “Ben Ryé, Passito di Pantelleria, Italy” ($45; 375 ml): This bold, sweet wine features incandescent amber color, complexity on nose and palate, thick body, powerful but well-balanced fruit and prolonged finish.

Brokenwood 2011 Semillon “ILR Reserve, Hunter Valley, Australia” ($48): A wonderful tasting experience with strong fruit, captivating complexity, impressive integration and large personality, all expressed for exceptional length.

Michele Chiarlo 2014 “Reyna, Barbaresco, Italy” ($50): This refined wine is beautiful and long-lingering on nose and palate with highly pleasing fruit accompanied by fine tannins as well as excellent complexity and crispness.

Goldeneye (by Duckhorn) 2016 Pinot Noir “Anderson Valley” ($58): Captivates with incandescent color, strength on the nose, forward but very refined fruit, honed balance, delightful complexity and a wonderfully prolonged finish.

Ramey 2014 Chardonnay “Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley” ($65): Exceptional Chardonnay with a strong, complex nose foretelling strength on the palate, along with powerful fruit, melded oak, excellent balance and impressive length on the finish.

Seghesio 2015 Zinfandel “Old Vine, Montafi, Russian River Valley” ($65): Sinfully good Zin with expressive fruit and highly pleasing acidity, power and complexity. Yet very refined and finishes with outstanding character and length.

Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir “Meredith Estate, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County” ($68): My favorite among several exceptional Pinots from Merry Edwards has a gorgeous purple hue, along with extended beauty, strength and complexity on both nose and palate.

Mollydooker 2017 red blend “Enchanted Path, McLaren Vale, Australia” ($80): Truly enchanted, this wonderful wine is forward on the palate and focused on beautiful fruit seamlessly accompanied by excellent complexity, refinement and great length.

Trinchero 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “BRV, Napa Valley” ($80): A wine to savor, beginning with the hue, extending to power and complexity on both nose and palate and finishing with prolonged expression. Tannins are nicely rounded and especially pleasing with beef.

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John Vankat’s Pine Wine appears most months and his Wine Pick of the Week is published every Wednesday. Wines can be ordered from local wine stores, unless indicated otherwise. Prices may vary. John can be reached at azpinewine@yahoo.com

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