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Aug. 20, 2001: HOGUE Cabernet-Merlot Columbia Valley 1999 (86 points, $10)

This blend from Washington state is a bit raw, but packed with bright currant, plum and fresh herb aromas and flavors. Tannins give way to the generous fruit in the end. Best after 2002. 60,379 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 14, 2001: CHÂTEAU ROUTAS Coteaux Varois Rosé Rouvière 2000 (87 points, $10)

Here's another very good rosé for your summer drinking. Hailing from Provence, this is clean, crisp and refreshing, with a nice coppery color and appealing berry and dried cherry flavors. Rich, spicy notes on the fin —Kim Marcus

Aug. 13, 2001: HEDGES Fumé-Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2000 (86 points, $10)

For summer sipping, try this blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Washington. Light, bright and refreshing, with a floral-grassy edge to the juicy green apple and grapefruit flavors. Drink now. 11,000 cases ma —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 09, 2001: BODEGA NEKEAS Navarra Rosado Vega Sindoa 2000 (85 points, $7)

If the heat of August gets you down, try this rosé. It is quite full-bodied yet still crisp, with lovely berry flavors that linger on the finish. Good as an aperitif or with lighter dishes. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

Aug. 06, 2001: COLUMBIA CREST Merlot Columbia Valley (87 points, $11)

A bit leaner than most Washington Merlots, with a lively core of cherry and spice flavors, which enlarge nicely on the finish and linger. Tannins have a bit of grit to lose. Best after 2001. 162,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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