A great value in a big, full-bodied red,, and one that has the complexities of far more expensive ones. It combines fruity plums and cherries with deeper, darker expressions of earth, cured leather and bitter chocolate. There’s also a spicy streak of white pepper. Very dry, with smooth, rich tannins.
A well made 50-50 blend, this is loaded with black fruit. Perfect balance, a velvety mouthfeel and a long finish are other attributes. Food-wise, prime rib would be just fine. Best Buy.
Plenty of cool mint and eucalyptus aromas show on the nose of the solid, simple quaff. It’s light but juicy, with plenty of strawberry-raspberry flavor and a slight drying mineral note. Coffee and spice add interest to the close.
Starts mute, but aromas build to butterscotch, cranberry and raisin scone. This really takes shape on the palate, with summer-ripe raspberry, white pepper and grilled meats. Finishes with a note of sweet green herbs. Best Buy. —K.F.
Medium-bodied and a little viscous in the mouth, this value Chard is no fruit bomb, as are many others at this price. It’s rather interesting—look for white stone fruit and floral notes on the palate, and peach and passion fruit notes on the nose. Finishes with a peppery-herbaceous bite.
Very acidic, with a sharply clean, almost green streak of citrus, although there are richer nuances of peaches and tropical fruits. This eminently drinkable wine doesn’t have a lot of stuffing, but it’s a great value, and very versatile with food.
There’s an unusual but interesting note that accompanies the dusty blackberry aromas—apple, maybe? On the palate, ripe red plum and berry fruit is enveloped by dusty tannins. Fresh, easy to drink, and just the thing for pizza night.
Big, big fruit, a total blast of blackberry jam and subtler layerings of cherries, briary berries and milk chocolate. It’s a lip-smackingly tasty wine, quite dry, with a bright burst of acidity, and a great value from Down Under.