There's a lot of character in this no-brainer buy. Rich and round, with cedar, chocolate, spicy black cherry, toasty oak and fresh herb flavors framed by gentle tannins. Drink now through 2004. 200,000 cases made. Best Buy.
Made from the Nero d'Avola grape, this Sicilian red offers value and character. Lovely jammy red, with loads of berry, cherry and strawberry character. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a lusciously delicious finish. Delicious. Best after 2003. 8,330 c —Harvey Steiman
This Carignane-based blend offers terrific value. Refreshingly unpretentious. Ripe, with luscious huckleberry and blueberry pie flavors, it's well-focused and lively. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Laube
From Sicily comes this well-priced white wine, made from a blend of Inzolia, Cataratto and Grecanico. Dried pineapple and hints of apricots on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with good fruit and a clean finish. One of the best Corvo whites in years. D —James Suckling
From the northeast of Italy comes this tasty, value-priced Pinot Grigio. Clean and spicy, with hints of tropical fruit. Medium-bodied, with delicious flavor and a clean, crisp, slightly off-dry finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Suckling
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