Looking for a solid red that's affordable too? This Syrah is firm, offering beef, spice, black cherry, currant and chocolate flavors, while tannins, toasty oak and herbal notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2005. 10,000 cases made. Best Buy.
Bright and juicy, vivid with citrus, nectarine and creamy aromas and flavors, finishing smooth and polished, this Australian Chardonnay appeals to both palate and pocketbook. Drink now through 2005. 40,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman
Light, dry and fruity white at a try-me price, refreshing for its citrusy apple and herb flavors, which echo gently on the soft finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman
Made in ample quantity and priced right, this California Merlot is restrained and compact in style, with mineral, currant and herbal flavors and earthy tannins, finishing with notes of coffee and green bean. Gallo keeps an eye on value. Drink now through —James Laube
Errázuriz, one of Chile's better-known wineries, has released this tasty little Merlot value. A nice all-around red at a reasonable price, this wine is of medium-weight, with sweet smoke, berry and plum flavors, and a bit of grip on the finish. Drink no —James Molesworth
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