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Ripe and lively, with pretty grapefruit, pear and fig flavors, if a touch coarse. Drink now through 2003. Well priced and amply available. 50,700 cases made. —James Laube
This Australian Merlot is light, fruity and appealing for its juicy plum and berry flavors that echo nicely on the bright finish. This bottling represents good value and availability in a popular category. Drink now. 85,000 cases imported. —Harvey Steiman
What a deal, from a habitual Best Buy producer. It's soft in texture, oozing with tropical fruit flavors -- mango, passion fruit and pineapple. Refreshing acidity keeps the balance. Drink now through 2002. 6,500 cases made. —James Laube
The best Argentinean Chardonnay in our current report, and quite affordable as well. It's broad-shouldered in frame, with waxy, toasty aromas and a soft, plush texture carrying the ripe apple and hazelnut flavors through the lengthy, stylish finish. Drink —Kim Marcus
A plush, well-sculpted Merlot from a reputable and value-conscious Chilean winery, this features fairly intense flavors of red plum and currant and well-integrated, dark spice notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2002. 12,000 cases imported. —Kim Marcus
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