This lean red has good grip and a core of cherry; the dominant flavors are earthy, herbal and smoky, and a it's bit dry. The finish is long and clean, though, and the wine should go well with grilled foods. Drink now through 2003. 200,000 cases made.
Strong vanilla aromas follow through on the palate, joined by crisp citrus and mineral notes to create a vibrant, balanced white that will make a lively match with fusion flavors. This Chilean wine is from a new joint venture between Australia's Mildara B
This Chenin Blanc is quite fragrant, with floral and peach notes at the fore. A lovely white from California, it serves up attractive tangy acidity and citrus flavors to balance its fruity character, with an attractive price to balance your wine budget. K
Pretty cassis, blackberry, tar, herb and smoke flavors highlight this Napa Cabernet with an un-Napalike price. There's lots of oak too, and tannic strength, so give this bargain some time to smooth out. Best from 2001 through 2006. 5,200 cases made.
This white-grape sparkler from France is a fine value. Smooth and subtle in style, it displays good richness and nice fruit flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now.
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