Ripe and balanced, with inviting depth and supple texture to black cherry, game, mineral and toasty oak tones. Spice, roasted herb and round tannins shape a concentrated finish. Drink now through 2008. 3,900 cases made. Smart Buys. From California. —James Laube
From Chile comes this dark and chewy red, with thickly layered prune, chocolate, currant and bacony toast aromas and flavors. Slightly firm finish, with lots of black fruit that emerges more with air. Impressive. Drink now through 2006. 4,000 cases made. —James Molesworth
A complex and concentrated style, with creamy oak draped over a core of spice, asian pear, nectarine, peach and tangerine, gaining momentum and depth on a long, luxurious finish. Drink now through 2006. 2,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Laube
This surprisingly rich Sauvignon offers lovely straw, gooseberry, honeysuckle, lemon verbena and even chamomile flower notes, with a fine, chalky underpinning. Long, delicious finish. A new benchmark for Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2005. 2, —James Molesworth
This South African red just oozes fruit -- blackberries, plums and currants -- but has firm tannins to keep it from getting too gushy. Lots of tar, smoke and dark chocolate here too, with the fruit pumping through the finish. Shiraz with 5 percent Viognie —James Molesworth
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