Though Malbec seems to do best in Argentina, neighboring Chile can also produce some delicious bottlings of this relatively rare varietal. Beautifully displayed black cherry, cassis and mint mark this firmly structured, densely flavored red. It's vibrant
Crisp and bright, with juicy blackberry and cherry flavors that keep glowing on the nicely balanced finish. Tannins are not intrusive. Drink now through 2003. 6,963 cases made.
Here's a solid, value-oriented bottling from Chile. A voluptuous red, with ripe fruit and lavish oak. The rich flavors range from plum to prune, chocolate to coffee, backed by firm, ripe tannins and echoing on a long, minty finish. Drink now through 2003.
From Argentina comes another solid Malbec, a grape not usually seen on its own elsewhere. This is a full-bodied red, with a mix of cherry, plum, leather and cassis flavors. Notes of coffee, leather and spice add richness to the finish. Drink now. 11,570 c
Pinotage, made from a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is South Africa's 'native' grape. This version, from one of the region's large cooperatives, offers excellent value. Generous fruit flavors and a rich texture make this easy to swallow. It has ripe c
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