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Jul. 18, 2002: ARBOR CREST Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2000 (87 points, $10)

Washington keeps turning out value-priced offerings in ample case quantities. This Sauvignon is ripe, round and effusively fruity, a nice mouthful of peach and tangy lemon flavors, reverberating nicely on the finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. Best Buy —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 17, 2002: COLUMBIA CREST Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Grand Estates 1999 (88 points, $11)

Here's a solid value from Washington. Ripe and generous on a soft, open-textured frame, offering currant and plum fruit and a touch of peppery herbs on the round finish. Drink now through 2004. 58,578 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 10, 2002: GALLO OF SONOMA Chardonnay Sonoma County Reserve 2000 (86 points, $11)

Lightly aromatic, though it shows more richness and flavor on the palate, with citrus, tangerine, nectarine and pear-laced flavors. Drink now. 200,000 cases made. Best Buy.

For a complete look at the past year's releases in California Chardonnay, b —James Laube

Jul. 09, 2002: BOGLE Chardonnay California 2000 (85 points, $9)

Ripe and tangy, with a bright beam of lemon, fig and apple tones that fold into toasty oak through the finish. Drink now. 48,000 cases made. Best Buy.

For a complete look at the past year's releases in California Chardonnay, be sure to check out ou

Jul. 05, 2002: AMBERHILL Chardonnay California 2000 (84 points, $8)

Focused, with ripe pineapple, peach and citrus flavors that are lush and creamy. Drink now. 77,190 cases made. Best Buy.

For a complete look at the past year's releases in California Chardonnay, be sure to check out our annual report in the July 31

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