Made in ample quantity and priced right, this California Merlot is restrained and compact in style, with mineral, currant and herbal flavors and earthy tannins, finishing with notes of coffee and green bean. Gallo keeps an eye on value. Drink now through —James Laube
Errázuriz, one of Chile's better-known wineries, has released this tasty little Merlot value. A nice all-around red at a reasonable price, this wine is of medium-weight, with sweet smoke, berry and plum flavors, and a bit of grip on the finish. Drink no —James Molesworth
Here's an excellent value for California Merlot fans. Jammy and round, with black cherry, chocolate, spice and subtle black licorice flavors, underscored by modest tannins. Drink now through 2006. 100,000 cases made. Best Buy.
Founded in 1970, Kenwood has shown steady progress in both quality and quantity through the years. The Sauvignon Blanc has historically been one of the winery's best offerings. The '00 is crisp and intense, with lively passion fruit, citrus, grass and flo
Here's a great buy on a favorite variety. Bright, open and beguiling for its gorgeous nectarine, pineapple and cream flavors, all of which linger effortlessly on the airy, elegant finish. Drink now through 2004. Should be easy to find some of the 25,000 c —Harvey Steiman
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