From New Zealand comes this winner of a Chardonnay. Ripe and creamy, but not heavy at all, with lots more fruit than oak. The juicy pear, nectarine and spice flavors linger, weaving through the polished finish. Drink now through 2004. 20,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Known more for their red wines, Cline also makes this white, a very good blend of four varieties. Peach, currant, floral and citrus flavors stay nicely focused through the finish. Made from a blend of Pinot Gris, Viognier, Marsanne and Palomino. Drink now
There's a lot of character in this no-brainer buy. Rich and round, with cedar, chocolate, spicy black cherry, toasty oak and fresh herb flavors framed by gentle tannins. Drink now through 2004. 200,000 cases made. Best Buy.
Made from the Nero d'Avola grape, this Sicilian red offers value and character. Lovely jammy red, with loads of berry, cherry and strawberry character. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a lusciously delicious finish. Delicious. Best after 2003. 8,330 c —Harvey Steiman
This Carignane-based blend offers terrific value. Refreshingly unpretentious. Ripe, with luscious huckleberry and blueberry pie flavors, it's well-focused and lively. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Laube
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