Seriously good Primitivo -- California Zinfandel, watch out. This Italian red is dark ruby in color, with aromas of bright berry, raspberry and mint. Medium- to full-bodied, with polished tannins and a fruity, vanilla aftertaste. Worth every penny and the —James Suckling
Earthy, minty aromas are tinged with cherry, cola and tea notes on the palate in this straightforward presentation of Shiraz that gives its Aussie cousins real competition in the price/score ratio. Drink now through 2003. 10,000 cases made. —James Laube
This Oregon winery delivers good value in several varieties -- this time with a softly sweet Riesling, offering pretty apple and spice flavors and a touch of honey on the round finish. Drink now. 30,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
A lip-smacking California Syrah at an affordable price. Straightforward in style, serving up intense, tangy raspberry flavors and a hint of pepper. Drink now through 2004. 7,500 cases made. —James Laube
This has lovely purity of flavors, showing violet, raspberry, cherry and spice, with just a hint of gaminess stealing its virtue. Elegant and persistent in flavor right through to the long finish. Drink now through 2003. 8,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson
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