Here's an appealing Australian Shiraz, distinctive for the exotic bay leaf and eucalyptus overtones that add dimension to the varietal black cherry and black pepper flavors. Smooth through the finish. Drink now through 2010. Well-priced and amply made. 70 —Harvey Steiman
When you think of Châteauneuf, you first think of red wine, but this white Châteauneuf is rich and thick, yet very elegant, showing superaromatic expressions of fruit, mineral and toasted oak. So ripe yet so clean, this has a long, seductive and hedonis —Per-Henrik Mansson
Here's an outstanding Champagne at a reasonable price. Exhibiting loads of personality, this Champagne keeps building on the palate, with its concentrated brioche, honey and walnut flavors allied to a bright, medium-bodied frame. Great finish, with a ling —Bruce Sanderson
Firm and deeply concentrated, with a solid tannic punch to the blackberry, currant, coffee and plum flavors, this broad-appellation Cabernet reflects the strength of the vintage throughout the state. Best from 2001 through 2007. 4,000 cases made. —James Laube
Here's an outstanding California Cabernet that won't break the bank and should be easy to find. Round, with ripe flavors of black currants, cotton candy, spice and lavish, toasty oak. Solid tannins integrate nicely with coffee flavors on the finish. Best —James Laube
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