There's lots of ripe fruit here in this red from Italy—s Puglia region, balanced by berry, cherry and licorice character. It's a full-bodied wine (made from the Negromaro grape), with velvety tannins and a long finish. This, Maci's simple red, is the wi —James Suckling
A smooth Pinot, one that's generous in flavor while light in frame, focusing on raspberry and spice flavors that linger on the open-textured finish. Very good price and relatively good availability for its kind. Drink now. 5,041 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
This young white is supple and ripe, appealing for its distinctive apricot, pear and gentle spice flavors that remain fresh and harmonious through the engaging finish. Oregon's top-scoring Chardonnay from the vintage. Drink now through 2003. 3,393 cases m —Harvey Steiman
Out of South Africa comes this delicious Chardonnay at a good price. Vibrant, concentrated and integrated, its apple, pear and fig flavors take center stage while vanilla and nutmeg play supporting roles. Long, refreshing finish. Drink now through 2001. 6 —Bruce Sanderson
Here's a nicely crisp Sauvignon Blanc at an easy-to-swallow price, showing flinty notes wrapped around herbal flavors with a refreshing citrus edge. Drink now. 17,200 cases made. —James Laube
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