Guided by winemaker Oscar Biondolillo, this winery has established a solid track record for value. This Malbec is lively, with medium-weight brier and blackberry flavors augmented by tasty, sweet toast. Nice bit of muscle on the finish. Drink now through —James Molesworth
Here's another solid value from Italy's Campania region. Squeaky clean, with lovely aromas of lemon rind, biscuit and blanched almond. Medium- to full-bodied, with good acidity and a clean, fruity finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases made. —James Suckling
This Cabernet blend is a bit mature, with raisin and coffee notes and claretlike vanilla bean and cedar on the streamlined finish. Has interest and grows on you. Drink now through 2003. 100,000 cases made. Best Buy.
For a complete look at South Afr —James Molesworth
Here's a wine with a throwback price. From Portugal comes this firm medium-bodied red, with smoky overtones, and flavors of red plum, dried cherry and tobacco. Notes of leather and spice on the finish. Drink now through 2003. 30,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Kim Marcus
If you need a lightweight wine, with a mix of lemon and mineral flavors, that is smooth and balanced with a fresh edge, then try this easy-to-find Loire bargain and bring on the oysters. Drink now. 150,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Bruce Sanderson
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