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May. 03, 2000: GLEN CARLOU Chardonnay Paarl 1999 (90 points, $14)

Out of South Africa comes this delicious Chardonnay at a good price. Vibrant, concentrated and integrated, its apple, pear and fig flavors take center stage while vanilla and nutmeg play supporting roles. Long, refreshing finish. Drink now through 2001. 6 —Bruce Sanderson

May. 02, 2000: CANYON ROAD Sauvignon Blanc California 1999 (85 points, $8)

Here's a nicely crisp Sauvignon Blanc at an easy-to-swallow price, showing flinty notes wrapped around herbal flavors with a refreshing citrus edge. Drink now. 17,200 cases made. —James Laube

May. 01, 2000: WATERBROOK Chardonnay Columbia Valley 1999 (89 points, $10)

A bright and zingy style, this Washington white is lively on the palate, with citrus, mineral and pear flavors. Finishes with a nice lime bite that lingers on the racy finish. Drink now through 2003. 14,332 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 29, 2000: A MANO Primitivo Puglia 1998 (88 points, $10)

Seriously good Primitivo -- California Zinfandel, watch out. This Italian red is dark ruby in color, with aromas of bright berry, raspberry and mint. Medium- to full-bodied, with polished tannins and a fruity, vanilla aftertaste. Worth every penny and the —James Suckling

Apr. 28, 2000: IRONSTONE Shiraz California NV (85 points, $9)

Earthy, minty aromas are tinged with cherry, cola and tea notes on the palate in this straightforward presentation of Shiraz that gives its Aussie cousins real competition in the price/score ratio. Drink now through 2003. 10,000 cases made. —James Laube

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