This Australian red blend is smooth in texture, ebullient in flavor, with plum and berry fruit at the center, shaded with hints of mineral and spice echoing nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2005. 15,000 cases imported. Best Values.
Here's an easy-to-find value in California Chardonnay. Elegant, with purity of flavor and tasty ripe pear, lemon-lime, quince and apple flavors. Finishes with a burst of fresh fruit flavors. Drink now. 172,636 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube
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