Here—s a very good California Chardonnay at an easygoing price. Clean and ripe, with tasty pear and mineral flavors, turning pretty on the finish. Drink now through 2004. 6,800 cases made. —James Laube
This Verdicchio from Italy—s Marches region is an aromatic and lively white, with aromas of flowers and honey plus hints of melon. Medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a crisp finish. Drink now. 42,000 cases made. —James Suckling
A delicious and sinewy Syrah, with loads of red plum, berry and red cherry flavors, overlaid with beautifully articulated gamey and leathery notes. There's plenty of backbone and plenty of flavor. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. —James Suckling
The Zenato estate is located on the southern slopes surrounding Lake Garda, protected from the cold Alpine winds. The '98 San Benedetto is a well-made white, made from Trebbiano di Lugana -- a clone of Trebbiano. Smells like a lovely apple pie. Full-bodie —James Suckling
Here—s an easy-drinking Aussie Chard at an everyday price. Light, bright and refreshing for its citrusy apple and peach flavors. Drink now. 122,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
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