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From Argentina, winemaker Estela Perinetti has fashioned this pure and driven red, with raspberry and blackberry confiture aroma and flavor, as well as lush plum, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding notes. Thick but lithe, with plenty of fruit to spare. —James Molesworth
From Chile comes this elegant red, with cassis, black cherry and currant fruit, subtle vanilla and toast shadings and slightly firm but fine tannins. Not a powerhouse like previous vintages of this wine, but a balanced effort in a lighter vintage. Drink n —James Molesworth
Juicy and fresh, with blackberry and cassis fruit, sweet smoke, and a chocolaty finish. Moderate in scope, but really quite tasty. Heck of a value. Drink now. 60,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth
From Washington state comes this value Merlot. Soft, supple and generous with its currant, cherry and floral flavors, finishing with a spicy touch. Drink now. 175,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman
This Australian Cabernet is dark, deep and remarkably rich, with lots of berry and currant fruit on a supple texture, finishing with a touch of mint. Drink now through 2005. 20,000 cases imported. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman
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