1- VIÑA CARMEN Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Nativa 2005 91 $17 Dark and structured, with loamy tannins carrying a delicious mix of mint, tobacco, currant paste and fig sauce flavors. Long and rich on the finish, with classic Maipo character. Drink now through 2012. 300 cases imported.—J.M.
2- CONCHA Y TORO Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2005 91 $19 Lush but structured, with layers of black currant, tobacco, loam and dark licorice pushed by ripe, solid structure. Long, dark finish. Always rock solid. Drink now through 2011. 71,000 cases made. 30,000 cases imported.—J.M.
3- BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Chardonnay Mendoza 2006 89 $18 Bright, with tasty fig, pear and hazelnut notes. There's ample toast, but also fresh acidity, keeping the finish elegant and lively. Drink now. 41,500 cases made.—J.M.
4- LA CHABLISIENNE Chablis La Singulière 2005 87 $28 Shows a hint of seashell and ocean air elements, but there's more melon and tropical fruit notes. A broad white, this picks up a grapefruit peel finish. Drink now through 2012. 7,600 cases made.—B.S.
5- DE LOACH Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2006 (WS-87 $28) Intense