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Feb. 22, 2002: CLINE Oakley Vin Blanc California 2000 (86 points, $9)

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

Feb. 21, 2002: DELICATO Merlot California 2000 (86 points, $6)

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.

Feb. 19, 2002: MORGANTE Nero d'Avola Sicilia 1999 (87 points, $12)

Made from the Nero d'Avola grape, this Sicilian red offers value and character. Lovely jammy red, with loads of berry, cherry and strawberry character. Medium-bodied, with soft tannins and a lusciously delicious finish. Delicious. Best after 2003. 8,330 c —Harvey Steiman

Feb. 15, 2002: ROSENBLUM Chateau La Paws Côte Du Bone Roan San Francisco Bay 2000 (86 points, $10)

This Carignane-based blend offers terrific value. Refreshingly unpretentious. Ripe, with luscious huckleberry and blueberry pie flavors, it's well-focused and lively. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Laube

Feb. 13, 2002: DUCA DI SALAPARUTA Sicilia Corvo White 2000 (85 points, $10)

From Sicily comes this well-priced white wine, made from a blend of Inzolia, Cataratto and Grecanico. Dried pineapple and hints of apricots on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with good fruit and a clean finish. One of the best Corvo whites in years. D —James Suckling

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