This 110-year-old family estate is headed up by the husband and wife team of Nino and Teresita Pieropan. Fantastic white. Lovely aromas of fresh green apples, grapefruit and peaches. Full-bodied and very rich, with intense flavor and a long, long finish. —James Suckling
This moderate-sized winery is quietly putting out solid wines with character at easy prices. This version is a step up for the Carmenère grape, with muscular plum, brier and currant flavor and a nicely structured finish augmented by tobacco and mineral n —James Molesworth
This value-oriented winery is owned by the Chalone Wine Group. Their 2000 Chardonnay offers spicy fruit that is appealing if a bit simple, and seeking a sharper focus. A good value. Drink now through 2004. 65,000 cases made. —James Laube
Value hunters will like this well-priced Australian Chardonnay. Lively and generous, a juicy mouthful of pineapple, nectarine and cream flavors, finishing with a distinctive balance between crisp acidity and polished texture. Drink now through 2003. 18,00 —Harvey Steiman
Interesting aromas of plums, tea and flowers follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate, with black pepper and cherry character, fine tannins and a ripe finish. Slightly short, but very good indeed. Best from 2002 through 2006. 8,350 cases made. —James Suckling
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