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Known for its Burgundy production, Rodet is now producing varietals from the south of France as well. This Syrah is smoky and meaty. Lovely plum, leather and spice flavors are rich and deep, and linger on the long finish. Impressive for its concentration —Kim Marcus
Here's a solid Cabernet value from the south of France. Ripe and rich, with loads of mocha, dark plum and chocolaty flavors. Delicious for its up-front flavors, which are backed up by a firm structure. Drink now through 2004. 12,500 cases made. Best Valu —Kim Marcus
Plenty of this Aussie value to go around. Bright and juicy, with effusive quince, passion fruit and apple flavors, more reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay, but still tasty. Drink now. 75,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman
Mixed berry fruit, with a healthy dose of sweet vanilla and toast. Fleshy finish. Straightforward, but will have fans. Drink now. 38,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth
Here's another tasty value from Kendall-Jackson's Chilean venture. This Merlot is elegant, with ripe berry fruit, hints of vanilla and herbs, and a plush finish. Drink now. 26,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth
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