From a little-known appellation in the mountains of northeast Portugal comes this excellent red wine value. Juicy and jammy-tasting, with fresh berry and pepper flavors that linger on the finish along with warm brickish notes. Drink now. 35,000 cases made —Kim Marcus
Markham was sold to Japan's largest winemaker, the Mercian Corporation, in 1988, and an extensive remodeling of the facility was done. Despite the change, Markham has nonetheless been producing consistently very good Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon since t —Harvey Steiman
In 1972, Dry Creek became the first winery to be built in the Dry Creek Valley since the end of Prohibition. Owner David Stare was one of the first, along with Robert Mondavi, to champion Sauvignon Blanc as a serious varietal in California. His '98 Sauvig —Harvey Steiman
Here's another oustanding New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and fragrant, a riot of floral and tropical fruit flavors, favoring passion fruit, lime and spicy rose petal notes. Drink now. 8,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Interesting aromas of plums, tea and flowers follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with black pepper and cherry character, fine tannins and a ripe finish. Slightly short, but very good indeed. Best from 2002 through 2006. 8,350 cases made. —James Suckling
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