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Feb. 01, 2001: CASSEGRAIN Chardonnay Hastings River 1996 (90 points, $12)

Juicy style emphasizes citrusy, pineapple-centered fruit character on a lithe frame, and echoes pretty spices on the generous finish. Drink now through 2005. 1,800 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 22, 2001: WOLF BLASS Shiraz-Cabernet South Australia Red Label 1997 (88 points, $12)

When Wolf Blass was a teenager, he worked in his grandfather's vineyard in Germany, eventually moving to Australia to set up his own business in the early 1960s. This blend of two grapes is ripe and appealing for its generous berry, herb and spice flavors —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 19, 2001: DASHWOOD Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2000 (90 points, $11)

This affordable bottling of New Zealand's signature white is broad in texture and distinctive in flavor, with juicy passion fruit, apple and citrus flavors that linger effortlessly on the lively finish. Drink now. Inexpensive and should be easy to find. 1 —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 17, 2001: LINDEMANS Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia Bin 45 (85 points, $9)

Lindemans delivers with this soft and ripe Cabernet that's also soft on your pocketbook. Its pretty violet-tinged black currant and vanilla flavors echo nicely on the polished finish. Drink now through 2005.29,000 cases made.

Jan. 05, 2001: PREMIUS Bordeaux White 1998 (85 points, $10)

Here's a deal in white Bordeaux. This version is made in a fruit-forward style, with plenty of apple, vanilla and pineapple aromas following through to a medium-bodied palate with a round mouthfeel and a fruity finish. Drink now.30,000 cases made. —James Suckling

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