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
Viña Montes is one of Chile's most consistent producers -- both for value priced offerings and high-end bottlings. Ripe berry and currant fruit, with smoke and mineral notes and a firm, focused finish. Should flesh out a bit short-term. Drink now through —James Molesworth
The Douro region of Portugal is famous for producing Port, but it also provides some interesting dry red wines as well. This wine from Ramos-Pinto is rich and concentrated, with plum, leather and spice flavors. Inky and full-bodied, with intense coffee an —Kim Marcus
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