Some Dandy, and Inexpensive, Recent Wines

Really, really cheap ones


Very moderately priced ones

Fetzer Five River Ranch Chardonnay, 2001, Monterey County
Nose: flowery, oaky.
Taste: soft, very smooth typical chardonnay, medium-long.


Pepper Wood Grove Chardonnay, 2001, California
Nose: light, clean.
Taste: more acid than the Fetzer, a little apple, crisp, clean finish.


Black Opal Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001, 82% Cab, 18% Merlot, S.E. Australia, by Wolf Blass
Nose: good cabernet, fruity.  
Taste: very cabernet, bright, long.


Not cheap, exactly, but worth it

Rosemount Chardonnay, 2001, Show Reserve, Hunter Valley
Nose: clean.
Taste: well-balanced chardonnay, not overpowering.  


Rosemount Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000, Show Reserve, Coonawarra
Nose: good, medium nose, 
Taste: deep purple, a little closed, great tastes underneath.


Arrowood Grand Archer Cabernet Sauvignon, 2000, Sonoma County
Nose: big nose, full, showy.
Taste: terrific berry, cherry, even chocolate.  


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