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Here's a very good California Chardonnay that is hard to beat for the price and easy to find. A rich and flavorful Chardonnay, with layers of smoky oak, lemon-lime, ripe pear, fig and apple flavors that fold together nicely on the finish. Drink now throug —James Laube
A firm and ripe Zinfandel, with a warm alcoholic punch to the plum, smoky dried berry, tea, dried apricot and toasty oak tones. A nice affordable California Zin. Drink now through 2004. 23,000 cases made. —James Laube
Brisk, firm, textbook Loire Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, nettle, chamomile and mineral notes. Good balance and harmony. A fine example of its type for so few dollars. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson
Tart citrus, honey, apple and baked pear tones integrate nicely with toasty oak flavors in this yummy and budget-friendly Sauvignon. Drink now. 90,000 cases made. —James Laube
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
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