From Sardinia comes this fresh and fruity white, made from the Nuragus di Cagliari grape. With its grapefruit and dried apple aromas and flavors, this value is medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a long, fruity aftertaste. Drink now. 12,500 cases made. —James Suckling
Here's another nicely done, well-priced Chilean Cabernet. Molina is located in Chile's Curicó valley. Elegant, with subtle currant flavor, notes of mineral and cedar and a focused finish. Drink now through 2003. 12,000 cases made. Best Buy.
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While Chile offers a new wave of high-end reds, it continues to churn out solid values that should not be overlooked. From one of the country's best-known wineries comes this $8 winner. Currant and blackberry shine through this Cabernet, with brier and to —James Molesworth
Chenin Blanc can offer some real interest when it's made earnestly (it often goes to jug wine production in South Africa). This version from winemaker Jeff Grier has a nice mouthfeel, along with medium-weight peach, lemon and chamomile notes and a round, —James Molesworth
No-nonsense, good-value white from Italy's Puglia region, made from a blend of Greco and Malvasia. Its lovely aromas of flowers, honey and fresh limes follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fresh acidity and a clean, fruity finish. Drink now. 25,0 —James Suckling
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