Smooth and polished Shiraz, generous with its plum and berry flavors, finishing dark and appealing. Drink now through 2004. 290,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman
This bargain-priced Aussie Cabernet is firm, chewy and decidedly minty, with a nice core of cherry and pepper. Drink now through 2007. 15,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman
From Austria's most prominent co-op winery comes this Riesling. It offers a fragrant mix of peach, floral and mineral aromas and flavors meshes beautifully with the supple texture and vibrant structure. Young, with balance and class, this will develop nic —Bruce Sanderson
Should be easy to find some of this well-priced Merlot. Dark plum, fresh herb, floral and watermelon candy flavors have modest structure and lingering toasty accents in this appealing red. Drink now through 2006. 116,000 cases made. Best Values.
Round, and plumper than most Muscadets (the '02 vintage in the Loire looks to be quite ripe), with lemon curd and beeswax flavors lying over citrus and chalk notes. Fine, lively finish keeps it honest. Very tasty. Drink now. 73,000 cases made. Best Value —James Molesworth
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