From the southwest of France comes this dense yet supple wine, which offers dark plum, cassis and tobacco flavors, with leafy elements and hot stone notes. Powerfully tannic finish, with bittersweet chocolate nuances. Best from 2003 through 2006. 7,000 ca —Kim Marcus
Chile's Concha y Toro is really turning out solid stuff these days. This value-priced offering gives plenty of tasty dark berry, brier and vanilla flavors, with judicious toast on the juicy finish. Nicely done. Drink now through 2003. Best Values. —James Molesworth
Tuscany has enjoyed a string of fine vintages, including the ripe, jammy '00. This Chianti offers lots of blackberry and spices, with hints of earth. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, silky finish. A pretty wine. Drink now through 2006. 8,300 c —James Suckling
Owned by brothers Jean-Pierre and François Perrin of the Rhône's Château Beaucastel, La Vielle Ferme is known for producing solid values. Lots of personality in this medium-bodied, earth-driven, traditional red. Digs into the soil and comes out with th —Per-Henrik Mansson
Value hunters should be heading towards the Chile section in their local wine shop these days. This entry-level-priced offering provides dark berry fruit and spice notes that are augmented by the typical Maipo hints of loam and mint, which emerge more on —James Molesworth
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