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This soft Spanish red offers pretty flavors of cherries and cinnamon, with light tannins and a fresh, clean finish. A gentle example of the modern style, at an old-fashioned price. Drink now through 2003. 40,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews
From Argentina comes this very good Malbec, perhaps the country's signature grape. It's delicious, bright and jammy, with Zinfandel-like crushed blackberry and blueberry flavors, good concentration and muscle, and a character-adding briery note running th —James Molesworth
Here's a Tuscan red that's made with plenty of new wood, with a good core of ripe cherry. Medium body. Soft tannins. Fresh finish. Excellent value. Best from 2001 through 2003. 7,000 cases made. —James Suckling
This California Cabernet is worth the money. Marked by herb, red currant, coffee and mocha flavors that gain momentum, carrying through the solid tannins of the finish. Drink now through 2006. 10,000 cases made. —James Laube
Here's another winning value from winemaker Aurelio Montes. This Chilean Cabernet shows dark plum and cassis aromas and flavors, with a touch of smoky bacon-fat as well. Chewy and muscular, with a briery note throughout. Drink now through 2001. 11,000 cas —James Molesworth
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