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Feb. 28, 2001: DRY CREEK Fumé Blanc Sonoma County (87 points, $12)

Here an inexpensive California Sauvignon Blanc. Tangy, with bright fig, melon and citrus flavors framed by bracing acidity through the finish. Drink now. 26,000 cases made. —James Laube

Feb. 26, 2001: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS SANTIAGO GRAFFIGNA Barbera Tulum Valley Selección Especial 1995 (85 points, $8)

Very dark profile for a Barbera, with roasted coffee bean and plum aromas followed by blackberry flavors. Ambitious and interesting, though lacking a little definition. Drink now. 45,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Feb. 24, 2001: ROSEMOUNT Chardonnay South Eastern Australia (85 points, $10)

This Aussie Chardonnay from a winery that's no stranger to American consumers is straightforward, nicely balanced, appealing for its ripe melon and apple flavors, which echo nicely on the round finish. Drink now. 180,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Feb. 21, 2001: R.H. PHILLIPS Sauvignon Blanc Dunnigan Hills 1999 (86 points, $7)

Though Dunnigan Hills of Yolo County is perhaps not as glamorous as other regions in California, R.H. Phillips has shown that it is capable of producing tasty wine. This Sauvignon Blanc is in the New Zealand style, with racy apple, celery salt and tangy p —James Laube

Feb. 18, 2001: MCDOWELL Syrah Mendocino (87 points, $12)

Starts with leather and herbal notes, then slides into ripe black cherry and blueberry flavors, underscored by firm tannins. Drink now through 2005. 14,500 cases made. —James Laube

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