Here's a bright and lively California Chardonnay that's easy on the wallet. This offers citrus and lemon-lime flavors that pick up ripe apple and pear shadings on the finish. Drink now through 2006. 600,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube
Owned by Nicolás Catena, this Argentinean winery produces solid values. This Malbec is ripe and juicy, with pretty spicecake, coffee and cocoa notes, and a healthy dose of blackberry fruit. Sweet, smoky finish. Very tasty. Drink now through 2004. 8,000 c —James Molesworth
Chardonnay lovers should flock to this well-priced California bottling. Perfumed and fruity aromas of peach and nectarine, with floral notes, it's ripe and juicy, with vibrant fruit flavors. Excellent value. Drink now. 85,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube
Donald Hess' Bodega Norton is improving, as this value-priced Malbec shows. Modern in style, with vivid blueberry and black fruits, and a round, spicy finish. Nice succulent flesh to this. Drink now through 2003. 16,000 cases imported. Best Values.