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Jul. 28, 2001: SANTA RITA Carmenère Rapel Valley Reserva (84 points, $11)

When you—re ready for a change of pace, try a Chilean Carmenère. Carmenère typically produces medium-bodied, soft reds with pepper and tobacco notes. This version from Santa Rita has a fair amount of toast, but overall it—s fleshy and sweet, with ta —James Molesworth

Jul. 24, 2001: HOGUE Johannisberg Riesling Columbia Valley 2000 (87 points, $8)

Here—s a nice summer quaffer for those who want to try something new. Lively and effusive with its pretty apple, peach and floral flavors, this happy white then picks up a nice citrusy note to balance the slightly sweet finish. Really nice for so low a —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 21, 2001: COLUMBIA CREST Chardonnay Columbia Valley 1999 (87 points, $12)

A Washington Chardonnay whose appeal doesn't stop with its value price. This is light, soft and tangy, with pretty orange peel and creamy notes weaving through the supple pear flavors, the ensemble echoing nicely on the gentle finish. Drink now. Plenty to —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 19, 2001: ARBOR CREST Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 1999 (88 points, $9)

From Washington comes this well-priced wine. A rich, round, generous style of Sauvignon, this emphasizes ripe pear and tangy grapefruit flavors, layering in a deft touch of spicy oak to round out the finish. Drink now through 2003. 5,462 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 16, 2001: CHÉREAU PÈRE & FILS Sauvignon Touraine Domaine La Prévôté 2000 (86 points, $8)

From the Loire comes this well-priced, crisp and focused Sauvignon, crackling with gooseberry, grass and citrus flavors on a balanced frame. Good lingering finish, too. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

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