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So, you want to impress your valentine with a fancy bottle of wine, but you’re not sure where to start. The thought of sifting through the countless bottles of wine at your local liquor store seems like a daunting task. Plus, what do you look for? You can ask a clerk, but they can only help you if you have an idea of what you’re looking for. Luckily for you, we’ve amassed a list of the 12 perfect wines for Valentine’s Day. Each has a rating of at least 90 from Wine Spectator and range in price from $17 to $195.

YalumbaEdenValleyViogner2013

Yalumba Eden Valley Viogner 2013

This Australian white from Yalumba Family Vignerons is full of floral, apricot and citrus flavors, but is not overpowering. It remains bright and rich without being too heavy on the palate. It’s a bargain for only $17. Rating: 90

$17
PeterYealandsPinotNoir2014

Peter Yealands Pinot Noir 2014

It might seem ironic that Yealands Estate is in New Zealand. But, maybe that’s because unintentional rhyming makes us happy. Peter Yealands strives to make his wines environmentally-friendly as well as delicious. This Pinot Noir is rich and smooth with flavors of cherries and strawberries. Rating: 91

$19
TenshenWhite2014

Tenshen White 2014

From Tenshen Winery in Central Coast, California, comes the Tenshen White 2014 made from Rhone white blends. An aroma of citrus and melon make way for flavors like peach and apricot and just the right amount of acidity. Rating: 92

$20
2013OlemaPinotNoirSonomaCounty

2013 Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County

This complex California red comes from Amici Cellars in Calistoga, California. Flavors of cherries, berries and vanilla come together with spicy pepper and hints of leather to create an extremely balanced wine. Rating: 91

$20
MeiomiPinotNoir

Meiomi Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir comes from Meiomi Wines in St Helena, California. Blended from wines from Santa Barbara County, Sonoma County and Monterey County, this wine has flavors of toasted oak, chocolate and berries. Rating: 92

$21
2013WillametteValleyPinotNoir

2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

From Big Table Farm in Gaston, Oregon, this Pinot Noir is high in acidity with soft tannins and flavors of toasted oak, raspberries, cherries, cranberries and spices. Rating: 95

$30
CloudyBaySauvignonBlanc

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

From Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand, comes this fresh Sauvignon Blanc. Flavors include citrus fruits, honeysuckle and lemongrass. With a 93 rating, this is truly a tremendous bargain. Rating: 93

$33
RattlesnakeRidgePetiteSyrah

Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah

This Syrah comes from Turley Wine Cellars in California. This wine starts with flavors of spicy pepper and cinnamon spices and finishes with tart raspberries and blackberries. Rating: 95

$45
BodegasAaltoRiberadelDuero

Bodegas Aalto Ribera del Duero

This red wine is from Aalto Bodegas y Viñedos in Valladolid, Spain. The flavors are strong and rich with berries, chocolate and licorice being the most prevalent. Rating: 94

$54
EveningLandPinotNoirEola-AmityHillsSevenSprings

Evening Land Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills, Seven Springs Vineyard, La Source

Well known for their fertile soil, Oregon’s Evening Land brings us this 2012 vintage Pinot Noir. This wine comes from an area in Seven Springs Vineyard referred to as La Source. The flavors are smooth and rich with hints of berries, spices and plums. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better rated wine at such a low price. Rating: 98

$70
IlPoggioneBrunellodiMontalcino

Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino

This Tuscan wine is rich and full of strong flavors including: cherries, plums, tobacco and licorice. It’s an extremely balanced wine and a great value for $85. Rating: 95

$85
AuParadiseCabernetSauvignon

Au Paradise Cabernet Sauvignon

From Peter Michael Winery, in Napa Valley, Au Paradise is Wine Spectator’s best wine of 2015. This well-balanced cabernet sauvignon has flavors of cherries, berries and the perfect amount of acidity to tannins. Rating: 96

$195
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