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Jul. 01, 2003: CHÉREAU-CARRÉ Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Château de Chasseloir 2002 (90 points, $9)

This Loire white offers a rare explosiveness for the Melon grape, with concentrated lemon peel, grapefruit, honeysuckle, mineral and brine notes. The racy acidity carries it effortlessly, while a second wave of fruit emerges on the finish. Hard for Muscad —James Molesworth

Jun. 27, 2003: VILLA MARIA Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Private Bin 2002 (89 points, $13)

Bursting with tropical fruit and lime flavors, here's a joyful New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that packages its passion fruit, guava and citrus character in a smooth, impeccably balanced frame. Drink now. 70,000 cases imported. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 21, 2003: STONE CELLARS Chardonnay California 2001 (85 points, $8)

If you want California Chardonnay but don't want to pay lofty prices, try this version. It offers pretty, ripe pear, cantaloupe and honeydew melon flavors and a juicy edge of lime. Drink now. 200,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube

Jun. 18, 2003: DOMAINE DE VAUFUGET Vouvray 2002 (85 points, $9)

For fans of a leaner style; this expresses some pear fruit, but more so pippin apple, lime and mineral, with a crisp finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

Jun. 14, 2003: CHATEAU LOS BOLDOS Cabernet Sauvignon Requínoa Tradition 2002 (86 points, $10)

This Chilean winery has quietly built a solid track record of performance with Old World-styled Cabernets and Merlots. This bottling offers nice black currant, mineral, loam and spice notes, with good focus, and taut tannins on the finish. Claret style, a —James Molesworth

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