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Good solid mixed berry fruit, with sweet smoke and spice notes. The round, fleshy finish has a nice briar hint. Textbook introduction to the grape. Drink now. 29,000 cases made. Best Values. From Argentina. —James Molesworth
Crisp, clear and beautiful, with apple, banana and light honey character. Medium-bodied, with a sweet fruit finish. Contains a small bit of Chardonnay. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Italy. —James Suckling
Nice clean red and dark berry fruit, with dried herb and mineral notes as well. Food-friendly tannins on the moderate finish. Drink now. 112,500 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth
Beautiful aromas of mineral, apple and light honey with just hints of lemon rind. Full-bodied, with lively fruit and a long, long finish. A beauty. Drink now. 13,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Italy. —James Suckling
Impeccable balance, richness and complexity, with tiers of spicy pear, floral, honey, vanilla and toasty oak and a long, persistent finish that echoes hazelnut and spice. Drink now through 2009. 26,500 cases made. Smart Buys. From California. —James Laube
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