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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
A bright and zingy style, this Washington white is lively on the palate, with citrus, mineral and pear flavors. Finishes with a nice lime bite that lingers on the racy finish. Drink now through 2003. 14,332 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Seriously good Primitivo -- California Zinfandel, watch out. This Italian red is dark ruby in color, with aromas of bright berry, raspberry and mint. Medium- to full-bodied, with polished tannins and a fruity, vanilla aftertaste. Worth every penny and the —James Suckling
Earthy, minty aromas are tinged with cherry, cola and tea notes on the palate in this straightforward presentation of Shiraz that gives its Aussie cousins real competition in the price/score ratio. Drink now through 2003. 10,000 cases made. —James Laube
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