Here's an Australian Shiraz ideal for fall drinking at an easy-going price. Smooth and polished, with pretty plum and currant flavors, picking up a lovely strawberry note on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2005. 35,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman
Here's an interesting, medium-bodied red, with earthy and smoky plum and berry character upfront, followed by a mineral, almost salty aftertaste. Firm backbone. Needs good, hearty Tuscan food. Good value. Best after 2002. 10,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Suckling
Toasty oak notes add interest to the plum and tobacco flavors in this chunky Rioja. Ripe tannins give it the structure to match with food. Drink now through 2004. 75,000 cases made. Best Buy.
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This winery, owned by Argentina's Nicolás Catena, has made a name for itself with its consistently excellent values. This latest Malbec release, from winemaker Estella Perinetti, is sweet, fleshy and succulent, with blackberry, blueberry and bramble note —James Molesworth
The Spanish red still has stuffing despite its age. Plum, chocolate and light game flavors show depth in this round red. Has enough grip and freshness for food. Made from a bend of Cencibel (Tempranillo) and Monastrell (Mourvèdre). Drink now through 2003 —Thomas Matthews
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