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This balanced Spanish red from Pesquera's Alejandro Fernandez marries sweet, toasty oak with ripe plum and blackberry flavors in a muscular yet luscious texture. The long finish echoes with black fruit and spices. Best from 2003 through 2010. 60,000 cases —Thomas Matthews
Piedmont isn't all about expensive Barolos and Barbarescos -— just track down some of this tasty Barbera. Rich damson, grilled steak and mushroom aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with well-balanced acidity and a fresh, fruity an —James Suckling
From one of the Rhône's most consistent producers comes this outstanding Châteauneuf. Distinctive, with plenty of wild mushrooms, wet earth, game and leather. This is not a fruit bomb; it has its chewy tannins. But underneath is wonderful sweet fruit, a —Per-Henrik Mansson
Try this Alsace Gewürz as a match with hearty holiday fare. On the dry side and focused, exhibiting nectarine, spice and grapefruit peel flavors on a medium-bodied profile, picking up white pepper accents on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Sma —Bruce Sanderson
Jean Engelbrecht has this South African estate in top form. Not a blockbuster, this Cabernet is really focused, with winy currant, sanguine, herb and mineral notes, and elegant tannins framing the finish. Has length and poise, with a mouthwatering finish —James Molesworth
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