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Concha y Toro has really stepped up the quality of its higher-end wines, as this delicious Carmenère shows. Lovely flesh and balance here, with ripe blackberry and plum flavors, suave toast, and a long, creamy finish that delivers another wave of fruit. —James Molesworth
More like Sauvignon Blanc than Viognier, but delicious, with a bright, tangy burst of lively passion fruit, lime and grass notes. Fine richness and intensity to the flavors, picking up a ripe peach flavor through the finish. Drink now. 2,925 cases made. S
Italy offers a bevy of tasty yet little-known whites. Try this yummy, refreshing Pinot Grigio, with ripe pear, almond paste and mineral character. Clean and well-balanced, with a fresh finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling
Here's a fine introduction to California Syrah. A ripe, fruity style, centered around a core of cherry and rhubarb pie flavors, right down to the crust. Firmly tannic, it can be enjoyed now or cellared short-term. Excellent value. Drink now through 2008. —James Laube
This Zinfandel specialist also makes numerous other wines, and this Petite Sirah is worth tracking down. A mouthpuckering style, ripe, rich and earthy, with layers of blackberry, wild berry, plum and huckleberry. Finishes with a gush of mouthcoating fruit —James Laube
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