Lush and mouthfilling, this tropical-fruited Chard offers a ton of flavors at a surprisingly small price. Smoky toasted-almond notes accent star fruit and guava flavors. Drink now–2011.
Made to fit a standard mold, but made well. Aromas are of plum and cinnamon, with similar notes on the palate. Slender in body, with smooth tannins and a nut-laden finish. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
Lifted but plush plum and blueberry fruit on the palate, with chocolate aromas. Tannins are moderate but textured; a good match for savory dishes with sweeter sauces (think braised rabbit or venison with a fruit-based accompaniment). Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
A top value in Aussie Shiraz, grab the remaining bottles before it’s suplanted by the 2007, which isn’t quite as richly textured. The 2006 is slightly leafy and peppery on the nose, giving a welcome sense of complexity to the blackberry fruit. It’s firm without being hard, with a surprisingly long finish. Drink now.
This Chardonnay’s vanilla bean and smoky oak aromas are compelling, as are its flavors of citrus peel, white pepper and cream. It’s fresh and round on the palate, finishing with a zing of citrus. Imported by Southern Starz, Inc.
A soft, medium-bodied wine that tends toward bright, red-berried fruit, this is a solid everyday Cabernet. Cedar and tobacco-leaf notes accent the cherry-berry fruit, while hints of vanilla and caramel linger elegantly on the finish. Drink now.
This medium-bodied Shiraz comes swathed in a big overcoat of toasty oak, but avoids any harsh tannins, instead balancing tart red-berry fruit with oak spice while remaining silky-textured from start to finish. Drink up over the next few years.
This is the rarest of all finds: a high-quality Pinot Noir at an everyday price. It’s medium bodied and crisp, with ample complexity that blends smoke, cedar, cola and black cherry notes. With its reasonably firm finish, it might be interesting to try in another year or two, although it’s ready to drink now.