A great value that shows the potential of the '98 vintage in the southern Rhône, this is hedonistic and dense, with smoke, red berry, mocha and black chocolate. This medium-bodied, medium intense, nicely oaked red makes for delightful drinking. Drink now
Ripe and luscious, this rich white from the Albariño grape is redolent of pears, peaches and melons, full-bodied yet clean and refreshing. The lively fruit makes an impact; the wine stays balanced and harmonious. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.
This Australian Chardonnay is light and appealing for its basic sappy melon flavors, which hang on nicely on the fresh finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made.
This well-priced Aussie Shiraz is a youthful, vibrant wine, almost like a barrel sample at this point, with a raw edge to the plum and berry flavors that linger on the rounded finish. Drink now. 4,000 cases made.
Italy still abounds with bargains -- such as this traditional Tuscan red for current drinking. Delicious, with its abundant plum, berry and mushroom character, medium body, velvety tannins and soft finish. 27,500 cases made.
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