Need a change of pace? Syrah can be just the thing. This well-priced version is a bit funky, with minerally, sea shell flavors wrapped around tasty blackberry and spice flavors. Drink now through 2006. 8,000 cases made. Best Buy.
Agustin Huneeus has slowly but surely turned his large Veramonte estate in Chile into one of the region's best sources of value. The cooler Casablanca valley looks to be the spot for Chile's top white wines, and this Chardonnay provides a very good introd —James Molesworth
The Alamos is Bodegas Esmeralda's basic line, and it has a track record for providing really fine value. This Chardonnay is big and juicy, with ripe pear, hazelnut and fig notes, and a long creamy finish. Quite tasty. Drink now. 11,500 cases made. Best B —James Molesworth
From the northeast of Italy comes this clean and fruity Pinot Grigio, with lemony, apple and lemon rind character. Medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a round-textured finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Suckling
The rich texture and apple and loam flavors get support from tangy acidity in this tasty blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner. It picks up a spicy note on the finish. Drink now. Best Buy.
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