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May. 11, 2001: MERIDIAN Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 1999 (89 points, $11)

Here's a very good California Chardonnay that is hard to beat for the price and easy to find. A rich and flavorful Chardonnay, with layers of smoky oak, lemon-lime, ripe pear, fig and apple flavors that fold together nicely on the finish. Drink now throug —James Laube

May. 10, 2001: BOGLE Zinfandel California Old Vine 1999 (86 points, $11)

A firm and ripe Zinfandel, with a warm alcoholic punch to the plum, smoky dried berry, tea, dried apricot and toasty oak tones. A nice affordable California Zin. Drink now through 2004. 23,000 cases made. —James Laube

May. 05, 2001: DOMAINE DU SALVARD Cheverny 1999 (87 points, $10)

Brisk, firm, textbook Loire Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, nettle, chamomile and mineral notes. Good balance and harmony. A fine example of its type for so few dollars. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 03, 2001: FETZER Sauvignon Blanc California Echo Ridge 2000 (86 points, $9)

Tart citrus, honey, apple and baked pear tones integrate nicely with toasty oak flavors in this yummy and budget-friendly Sauvignon. Drink now. 90,000 cases made. —James Laube

Apr. 30, 2001: J. & F. LURTON Syrah Vin de Pays d\'Oc Les Bateaux 1999 (84 points, $6)

This firm, focused Syrah from the south of France tastes Pinot-like, with red cherry flavors that linger with notes of cinnamon and spice on the finish. It's a steal at the price. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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