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Jan. 28, 2002: ECHELON Chardonnay Central Coast 2000 (86 points, $13)

This value-oriented winery is owned by the Chalone Wine Group. Their 2000 Chardonnay offers spicy fruit that is appealing if a bit simple, and seeking a sharper focus. A good value. Drink now through 2004. 65,000 cases made. —James Laube

Jan. 25, 2002: YANGARRA PARK Chardonnay South Eastern Australia 2000 (88 points, $10)

Value hunters will like this well-priced Australian Chardonnay. Lively and generous, a juicy mouthful of pineapple, nectarine and cream flavors, finishing with a distinctive balance between crisp acidity and polished texture. Drink now through 2003. 18,00 —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 17, 2002: FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO Aglianico Irpinia Rubrato 1999 (87 points, $14)

Interesting aromas of plums, tea and flowers follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate, with black pepper and cherry character, fine tannins and a ripe finish. Slightly short, but very good indeed. Best from 2002 through 2006. 8,350 cases made. —James Suckling

Jan. 12, 2002: TERREDORA Aglianico Irpinia 2000 (86 points, $13)

Here's a solid value from Italy's Campania region. This Aglianico shows lots of ripe fruit, with raisin, leather and black pepper character. Stylish, interesting young red. Drink with hearty food. Drink now. 6,500 cases made. —James Suckling

Jan. 11, 2002: VILLA MT. EDEN Chardonnay Monterey County Coastal 1999 (86 points, $10)

Stimson Lane (which owns Washington's Chateau Ste. Michelle) purchased this venerable California winery, known for its Chardonnays, in 1986. This value-priced offering is soft and fleshy, with supple fig, apricot, anise and smoky oak flavors. Well-priced, —James Laube

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