Smooth and generous, an inviting Aussie red that's plump with black cherry, blackberry and exotic spice flavors, hinting at dark chocolate as the flavors persist on the fine-grained finish. Outstanding wine for an outstanding price. Drink now through 2004 —Harvey Steiman
The 2000 vintage was exceptionally good in Beaujolais, and Georges Duboeuf has just released some additional cuvées that are terrific value. Scrumptious blackberry and boysenberry flavors, with lush toast and elegant spice shadings on the juicy finish. C —James Molesworth
From Argentina comes this solid Chardonnay value. Good juicy pear and fig flavors, with elegant toast and spice coming in on the finish. Medium-weight. Nicely done. Drink now. 3,200 cases made. —James Molesworth
From an Australian winery synonymous with value comes yet another tasty, well-priced red. Soft and generous, a pleasant mouthful of blackberry, cherry and aniseed flavors, which reverberate nicely on the polished finish. Drink now. 1,000,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Looking for something to go with seafood? Try this fine Muscadet. This has substance and a vinous quality, along with apple, lemon and mineral flavors. Good stony finish. Drink now. Best Buy.
For a complete look at the past year's releases from the —Bruce Sanderson
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