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Here's a way to introduce yourself to California Syrah. Intense and concentrated, with finely integrated raspberry, black cherry, beef and salty mineral flavors. Cedary, toasty oak and supple tannins fold into the lingering finish. Excellent value. Drink —James Laube
Syrah continues to improve in California, as this offering from Novy shows. A tremendous effort, gorgeous fruit, rich and multifaceted, with gobs of beef, spice, white pepper, bacon (and bacon fat), touches of berry and cedar, with a long, rich, delicious —James Laube
From Ernesto Catena (Nicolás' son) comes this ripe blend of Bonarda and Malbec. Dark, juicy and lush, with blackberry and raspberry fruit, lots of dark toast, and hints of spice and chocolate on the fleshy, persistent finish. For fruit bomb lovers. Drink —James Molesworth
From Tuscany comes this solid Chianti buy. It's dark, with a rich nose, offering loads of spicy plum, with a hint of sandalwood and dried herb. Medium-bodied, with lots of flavor, velvety tannins and a medium-long, minerally finish. Drink now. 25,000 case —James Suckling
Rich, bacony aromas and flavors mix with alluring dark plum and red cherry flavors in this broad-tasting, full-bodied red. Intense blood, iron and mineral notes linger with spicy elements on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2007. Highly Recommended —Kim Marcus
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