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From the southwest of France comes this polished and pure tasting red, with delicious red plum, iron and cassis flavors. Spicy, juicy finish feathered with smoke and meat elements. Drink now through 2005. 5,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —Kim Marcus
From Argentina comes this concentrated and ripe red, with brawny blackberry and currant fruit and plenty of toast. Has a beefy, gamy edge that recedes with air, revealing more fruit on the muscular finish. Drink now through 2005. 7,000 cases made. Smart —James Molesworth
The latest outstanding release from one of South Africa's top white wine producers is this crackling, live-wire Sauvignon, with textbook gooseberry, grass, lime and mineral flavors on a racy frame. Pure and long, with great acidity rippling beneath it all —James Molesworth
From Spain comes this entrancing red. The texture is at once velvet and gossamer, rich yet delicate, and the flavors are intense and balanced, with blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, toast and spice notes that dance on the finish. Drink now through 2012. 2,7 —Thomas Matthews
Racy Sauvignon, with distinct chalk, lime, herb and chive flavors, and hints of white peach and honeysuckle emerging on the finish. Deceptively concentrated, this should develop nicely in the cellar. Drink now through 2004. 10,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth
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