A bit snappy for a Malbec, with blackberry fruit buffered by a crisp finish. Fresh, with good weight, this may flesh out a touch in the short-term. Drink now through 2005. 6,000 cases made. Best Values. From Argentina.
A tasty interpretation of Chardonnay. Rich, ripe and bursting with pure apple and lemon flavors and mineral accents, all backed by a vibrant structure. Good length too. Drink now. 30,000 cases imported. Best Values. From France. —Bruce Sanderson
Carmenère continues to improve in Chile, and it's becoming the country's signature grape. This version has nice ripe raspberry and plum fruit, with sweet smoke, spice and dried herb notes. Chocolaty finish. Nicely done. Drink now. 9,110 cases made. Best —James Molesworth
This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc has nice richness, with straw, peach, lemon verbena and lime notes that are bouncy and fresh, with a refreshing finish. Drink now. 30,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth
Ripe and concentrated, a deep rustic wine, with prune, blackberry, blueberry and chocolate notes, finishing with a firm wall of tannins. Drink now through 2006. 10,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube