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Solid, modern fruit -- cassis and black currant -- with ample smoke and chocolate notes, and a nice bit of grip on the finish. Forward and tasty. Drink now. 7,150 cases imported. Best Values. From Chile. —James Molesworth
Lovely racy feel, despite its dark, brooding currant, plum and cedar notes. Lots of coffee, smoke and muscular tannins on the back end, but the fruit keeps pumping along, too. Burly style, but I like it. Drink now through 2005. 25,500 cases made. Best Va —James Molesworth
A bit snappy for a Malbec, with blackberry fruit buffered by a crisp finish. Fresh, with good weight, this may flesh out a touch in the short-term. Drink now through 2005. 6,000 cases made. Best Values. From Argentina. —James Molesworth
A tasty interpretation of Chardonnay. Rich, ripe and bursting with pure apple and lemon flavors and mineral accents, all backed by a vibrant structure. Good length too. Drink now. 30,000 cases imported. Best Values. From France. —Bruce Sanderson
Carmenère continues to improve in Chile, and it's becoming the country's signature grape. This version has nice ripe raspberry and plum fruit, with sweet smoke, spice and dried herb notes. Chocolaty finish. Nicely done. Drink now. 9,110 cases made. Best —James Molesworth
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