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The '99 vintage was a fine one in Chile, where normally good to very good wines excelled. The '99 Casa Concha Merlot displays the ripeness of the vintage, and despite the blast of toast, there's solid plum and blackberry fruit here. Shows a hint of the gr —James Molesworth
Floral, citrus and peach notes grace this gentle, balanced white, whose subtlety belies an underlying persistence, ending in a long, languid finish. Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. A great deal from the famous French region. —Bruce Sanderson
It should be easy to find some of this Sauvignon Blanc. It's bright and bracing, with lemon, earth and grass tones that will come alive with food. A very good white from a reliable producer. Drink now. 90,000 cases made. Best Buy.
Need a change of pace? Try this well-priced Viognier. It's fragrant and fat, with lush melon, apricot, mineral and cream flavors, picking up lemony vanilla tones in the finish. Really excellent value. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.
Nice touch of richness to this medium-bodied white, with aromas and flavors of grass, lemon and herb, with mineral and pepper notes on the finish. A steal from southern France. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Kim Marcus
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