Syrah continues to improve in California, and those looking to try it out might want to start with this value. Well-integrated coconut and cedar flavors pick up a hint of ripe wild berry and black cherry. Fruit intensity lingers, along with soft tannin an
Well-priced and with plenty to go around, this Zin is something to stock up on. Ripe wild berry and raspberry flavors have tangy acid structure, with vanilla and tart tannin in the finish. Drink now through 2005. 87,944 cases made. Best Values.
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