This firm, focused Syrah from the south of France tastes Pinot-like, with red cherry flavors that linger with notes of cinnamon and spice on the finish. It's a steal at the price. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus
This California white is both flavorful and value-priced. It's tangy and refreshing, with passion fruit, grapefruit and lime flavors that wrap together in a crisp finish. Drink now. 54,000 cases made. —James Laube
Lively in the mouth, with flavors of raisins, dried currants and roasted herbs, highlighted by modest tannins. A very good Zin at a hard-to-argue-with price. Drink now through 2005. 86,000 cases made. —James Laube
Smooth, polished and creamy, with appealing nectarine and citrus aromas and flavors that linger enticingly on the harmonious finish, this young white from Oregon more than earns its asking price. Drink now through 2004. 5,100 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
The top white value from our Veneto report. A ripe and sophisticated Soave, medium-bodied, serving up apple, cream and light toffee aromas and flavors and concluding with a fruity finish. Drink now. 16,665 cases made. —James Suckling
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