Perfect for the summer is this light, crisp Loire white made from the Melon grape. Lovely balance and a richness to the lemon, peach and mineral flavors, albeit in a lightweight style. It leaves a mouthwatering impression. Drink now. 2,400 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson
From a winery synonymous with value comes this easy-on-the-wallet white. Round and generous, with focused peach, citrus and pineapple flavors that echo nicely on the lively finish. Drink now through 2003. 23,254 cases imported. Best Buy.
For a comp —Harvey Steiman
This Chilean winery is quietly cranking out some fine values. This Cabernet has nice black cherry, currant and vanilla notes, with a hint of coffee and minerals on the finish. Not big, but focused and well-done. Drink now through 2003. 30,000 cases made. —James Molesworth
This Chardonnay delivers with very good quality, despite the enormous quantity made, There's lots to admire in this ripe, elegant pear, apple and honeyed wine. Picks up light toasty oak on the finish. An excellent value. Drink now through 2004. 800,000 ca —James Laube
Crisp and flavorful, a juicy mouthful of lemon, cream and guava flavors that persist nicely on the focused finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. Best Buy.
For a complete look at Australia's white wines, check out our report in the current May 15, 2 —Harvey Steiman
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