Here's a good buy in California Merlot, despite the tricky '98 vintage. The black cherry, dried currant, fresh herb and sweet, toasty oak flavors have pleasant depth and soft tannin. And there's plenty to go around. Drink now through 2004. 35,000 cases ma
2000 is a super vintage for Beaujolais, and this year's crus from Georges Duboeuf are apt examples of this. Plush, fleshy blackberry and kirsch flavors in this Beaujolais cru, with bittersweet chocolate and smoke notes coming in on the swe
Located in the Rapel Valley, in the town of Requinoa, Chateau Los Boldos produces old world styled reds. This Cabernet is minerally, with cedar and vanilla notes laying over the black cherry fruit. Focused and firm, this provides a welcome alternative to
For those looking for an easy introduction to Alsace whites, this blend of Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner is just the ticket. Focused and well-defined, here's a white full of finesse and ripe peach, apple and mineral flavors. Young and harmonious, it's enjoyabl —Bruce Sanderson
Pierre Chermette of Domaine du Vissoux produces one of the top Moulin-à-Vents from his parcel named Rochegrès. In the excellent 2000 vintage, this wine is round and fleshy, with sweet, seductive black cherry and cassis, and pretty vanilla and cinnamon
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