While Primitivo is no longer considered the same as Zinfandel, don't forget about it just yet. From Italy's Puglia region comes this well-priced offering. Clean and grapey, with hints of plums and raisins, this Italian red is medium-bodied, with soft tann —James Suckling
Owned by Nicolás Catena, this Argentinean winery cranks out terrific value. Tasty red and black cherry flavors pick up touches of toast and worn saddle leather. Good grip on the finish. Nicely done. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.
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.