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Jan. 18, 2000: DRY CREEK Fumé Blanc (87 points, $12)

In 1972, Dry Creek became the first winery to be built in the Dry Creek Valley since the end of Prohibition. Owner David Stare was one of the first, along with Robert Mondavi, to champion Sauvignon Blanc as a serious varietal in California. His '98 Sauvig —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 17, 2000: SELAKS Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Premium Selection 1999 (91 points, $13)

Here's another oustanding New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Crisp and fragrant, a riot of floral and tropical fruit flavors, favoring passion fruit, lime and spicy rose petal notes. Drink now. 8,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 16, 2000: FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO Aglianico Irpinia Rubrato 1999 (87 points, $14)

Interesting aromas of plums, tea and flowers follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with black pepper and cherry character, fine tannins and a ripe finish. Slightly short, but very good indeed. Best from 2002 through 2006. 8,350 cases made. —James Suckling

Jan. 08, 2000: CHÂTEAU PUYGUERAUD Côtes de Francs (88 points, $10)

Owned by the famous Pomerol estate of Vieux-Chateau-Certan, Puygueraud produced one of the best values in the generally weaker '97 vintage. Well done. Good dark color, with intense violet and berry aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with polished tannins and —James Suckling

Jan. 05, 2000: SHEPHERDS RIDGE Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 1999 (90 points, $12)

This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is bright, jazzy and yummy, with passion fruit, citrus and pear aromas and flavors on a racy frame. Lean, lithe and exciting to sip now. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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