This California Cabernet is pleasantly balanced, featuring ripe cherry, currant and berryish fruit, a nice touch of cedary oak and the right amount of tannin. Fails to excite, yet is quite appealing in its subtleties. Drink now through 2006. 10,700 cases —James Laube
Polished, round and spicy, with appealing barrel-fermented character, this Australian white plays out its pineapple, citrus and honey flavors on a lively frame. Drink now through 2005. 7,435 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Strikes a gorgeous balance between rich, ripe flavor and elegant structure. Not as big and brawny as some Shirazes, but seductive for its juicy raspberry, red plum and spice flavors on a bright frame. Impressive length and lovely texture, too. Drink now t —Harvey Steiman
This rich, complex red drips with juicy blackberry, cherry and exotic spice flavors, weaving in hints of game and pepper as everything lingers on the long finish. Tannins are soft, making the wine seductive. Drink now through 2010. 15,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Crisp, zingy and remarkably focused, this shows lots of green apple, lime and papaya aromas and flavors; balances sweet flavors with lively acidity on the long finish. This is the debut vintage in the U.S. for this New Zealand Sauvignon. Drink now. 2,000 —Harvey Steiman
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