A mouthfilling wine with fine tannins; tart blackberry, endive and pastry aromas add to the flavors of fresh figs, apple peel and leather. Black pepper and meat flavors show on the finish. Best Buy. —K.F.
This lively wine has a deep nose of cassis, pencil eraser and tobacco. A Bordeaux blend, it tastes like a fine wine of that region, with a core of dark berry fruit accented by some tobacco. Wrapped in moderate tannins with a dry, dusty feel and finishing with cassis, this is a value-priced wine to stock up on. Drink over the next two years.
This wine is easy to drink, relatively complex and a great value. Meaty, barnyardy scents open to reveal toast and dark berry, and flavors of ripe plum and meat. Full-bodied and warm, despite only 13.5% alcohol, this wine has good acid and tannin, and a dry mouthfeel. Finishes ashy and warm. Imported by USA Wine Imports.
Better than many more expensive wines, this wine delivers a solid package without trying to do too much. Toast and vanilla accompany white stone fruit aromas and flavors, while the palate is round, with just the right amount of acidity. Imported by USA Wine Imports.
This light and approachable wine boasts easy notes of green apple, melon rind and a touch of hay. The mouth shows more citrus dominance, with a brisk lemon-lime character staying through the finish. Drink now.
Good everyday Shiraz with an even, light to mid-weight mouthfeel. Not at all sweet or candied; stewy, dark berry fruit, earth and mineral accents make this tasty red an attractive value-priced choice.
Concentrated notes of vanilla bean marry with raspberry and ripe red cherry aromas and flavors, while the finish shows a touch of a waxy red plum skin character. Clean and simple; drink now.