This California Merlot is as easy and pleasant on the palate as it is on the budget, with good depth to raspberry, herb and currant flavors nicely highlighted by modest tannin. Drink now through 2003. 80,000 cases made. Best Buy.
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From one of the regionÕs long-standing, quality oriented houses comes this solid value. Very ripe style. Smells and tastes like licorice, and borders on being raisiny but, oh boy, is this a thick, rich and creamy Rhne red. Full-bodied, inky-black and v —Per-Henrik Mansson
This distinctive and compelling blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier is an ideal end of summer drink. It shows off the racy melon and citrus flavors of Chenin Blanc and the spicy, creamy pear flavors of Viognier. Drink now through 2003. 17,000 cases made. —James Laube
Malbec is quickly becoming Argentina's signature red grape. This offering has brier, raspberry and chocolate flavors running through its medium-bodied, burly frame. Slightly rustic finish, but still solid. Drink now through 2002. Tasted twice, with consis
The California Syrah is smooth and grapey, with black cherry, plum, beef, mocha flavors that last through a softly tannic finish. Hard to beat for the price. Drink now through 2003. Should be easy to find some of the 25,000 cases made.
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