Interesting aromas of plums, tea and flowers follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with black pepper and cherry character, fine tannins and a ripe finish. Slightly short, but very good indeed. Best from 2002 through 2006. 8,350 cases made. —James Suckling
Owned by the famous Pomerol estate of Vieux-Chateau-Certan, Puygueraud produced one of the best values in the generally weaker '97 vintage. Well done. Good dark color, with intense violet and berry aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with polished tannins and —James Suckling
This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is bright, jazzy and yummy, with passion fruit, citrus and pear aromas and flavors on a racy frame. Lean, lithe and exciting to sip now. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Here's a typical example of how Aussie Shiraz can offer lots of bang for the buck. Soft and aromatic, a generous mouthful of anise-scented berry, black cherry and prune flavors that linger on the supple finish. Drink now through 2007. Should be easy to fi
From one of Australia's better-known wineries comes this solid value. It's bright and fruity, offering pretty apple and pear notes on a lively frame. Drink now. 25,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
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