From the Rhône comes this blockbuster. Both modern and traditional, a full-bodied red that bridges the past and the present, this is packed with Turkish Delight dessert, ripe and sweet fruit and lush tannins, with lots of spicy, smoky character and a rou —Per-Henrik Mansson
This Aussie Chardonnay is rich and generous, spicy with oak but bursting with ripe melon and apricot fruit, coming together into a round, polished whole that lasts beautifully on the harmonious finish, balanced with grapefruit and lime as the flavors echo —Harvey Steiman
Tasmania provides a cool spot in Australia for some potentially interesting Pinot Noir production. This bottling is lovely stuff, bright and polished, a refined Pinot Noir brimming with berry, cherry and subtle mineral and spice flavors, all lingering eff —Harvey Steiman
Bursting with rugged blueberry, black and white pepper, black cherry and earthy flavors, supported by formidable tannins that display some brawn, with everything folding nicely into the spicy, concentrated finish. A new Paso Robles bottling, and an excell —James Laube
This classically styled Sancerre has straw, lemon zest, mineral and chalk notes on a crisp, lively frame, with the citrus edge holding sway on the finish. Couldn't ask for better with goat cheese. Drink now through 2004. 8,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth
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