From Chile comes this elegant red, with cassis, black cherry and currant fruit, subtle vanilla and toast shadings and slightly firm but fine tannins. Not a powerhouse like previous vintages of this wine, but a balanced effort in a lighter vintage. Drink n —James Molesworth
Juicy and fresh, with blackberry and cassis fruit, sweet smoke, and a chocolaty finish. Moderate in scope, but really quite tasty. Heck of a value. Drink now. 60,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth
From Washington state comes this value Merlot. Soft, supple and generous with its currant, cherry and floral flavors, finishing with a spicy touch. Drink now. 175,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman
This Australian Cabernet is dark, deep and remarkably rich, with lots of berry and currant fruit on a supple texture, finishing with a touch of mint. Drink now through 2005. 20,000 cases imported. Best Values.
After a tough '01 vintage, the Beaujolais region came back with a strong '02 harvest. The wines are ripe and have an extra bit of grip and structure to them. From the region's best-known producer comes this ripe and bouncy offering, with black cherry, plu —James Molesworth