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May. 06, 2002: VIÑA PORTA Cabernet Sauvignon Aconcagua 2000 (86 points, $9)

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

May. 03, 2002: MERIDIAN Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2000 (87 points, $11)

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

Apr. 30, 2002: ANGOVE'S Sauvignon Blanc South Australia Classic Reserve 2000 (87 points, $7)

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

Apr. 29, 2002: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS SANTIAGO GRAFFIGNA Malbec Tulum Valley Selección Especial 2000 (86 points, $10)

Guided by winemaker Oscar Biondolillo, this winery has established a solid track record for value. This Malbec is lively, with medium-weight brier and blackberry flavors augmented by tasty, sweet toast. Nice bit of muscle on the finish. Drink now through —James Molesworth

Apr. 24, 2002: CANTINE GROTTA DEL SOLE Greco di Tufo 2000 (88 points, $14)

Here's another solid value from Italy's Campania region. Squeaky clean, with lovely aromas of lemon rind, biscuit and blanched almond. Medium- to full-bodied, with good acidity and a clean, fruity finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases made. —James Suckling

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