It's always nice to find a Pinot Noir that won't break the bank. This California version is made in a delicate style, with fragrant floral and rose petal aromas and ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors that are elegant and refreshing. A terrific —James Laube
This comes from an emerging appellation in Tuscany. Enticing, exotic nose, with grapey aromas and hints of Indian tea. Medium-bodied, with a silky, fruity palate and an elegant finish. Nice balance. Proof that some good wine was made in 2002 in Tuscany. D —James Suckling
Owner Anthony Hamilton Russell oversees the production of one of South Africa's best Chardonnays (if not the best) in the cool-climate region of Walker Bay. The '02 version is loaded with toast, smoke and grilled nut aromas that are captivating, wi —James Molesworth
Brighter, livelier and juicier than most Australian Shiraz, a vibrant wine with crisp blackberry, plum and vaguely leafy-herbal flavors that persist beautifully on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2010. 23,000 cases made. Smart Buys.
The pro golfer Greg Norman is running a pretty fine wine operation these days. This latest release is firm in texture, generous with its peppery blackberry and lime flavors, echoing a minty note as the flavors linger. Drink now through 2006. 110,000 cases —Harvey Steiman