This Chilean Cabernet has a firm layer of toast and chocolate, but also enough currant and black cherry fruit underneath for balance. Good focus on the finish, too. Never really fans out, but solid. Drink now through 2004. 80,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth
From South Africa comes this really fine Sauvignon. Juicy and vibrant, with lemon, chive, chalk, nettle and mineral notes and a long, lively finish. Strong grassy edge to the finish adds dimension. Drink now through 2004. 11,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth
A good Pinot for under $10 is hard to find. But here's an everyday version that's soft and supple, with ripe currant, cherry and plum flavors underscored by toasty oak and round structure. Drink now through 2006. 57,164 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube
Duboeuf has a solid lineup of wines in the strong '02 vintage. Violet, blackberry and boysenberry aromas and flavors unfurl in this silky, lush Fleurie, with extra notes of spice, toast, vanilla and minerals. Fruit echoes on the long, pure finish. Really, —James Molesworth
Here's an Aussie Shiraz at a drink-me price. Light, bright and sturdy, with pretty blackberry and cherry flavors that echo nicely on the open finish. Drink now. 80,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman
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