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$15 to $30

May. 18, 2006: E. GUIGAL St.-Joseph White 2005 (88 points, $27)

Flattering peach, melon and fig flavors with a creamy texture and modestly smoky finish. Tasty. Drink now. 1,335 cases made. —James Molesworth

May. 17, 2006: DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Mas des Papes 2003 (89 points, $25)

High-toned, with red currant and floral notes leading the way, along with mineral, vanilla, tobacco and black fruits. Easy, open-knit finish. Drink now through 2013. 5,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

May. 16, 2006: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2003 (88 points, $17)

Ripe, soft and generous, appealing for its earth-scented currant flavors, finishing with a firm layer of tannins. Drink now through 2010. 21,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

May. 15, 2006: BENNETT LANE Maximus Napa Valley 2003 (90 points, $28)

Impressive for its concentration, depth and complexity, with tiers of red currant, wild berry, mocha, fresh earth and cedar notes. Well-focused, it gains depth and length on the finish, where the flavors fan out, ending with a firm, tannic aftertaste. Cab —James Laube

May. 13, 2006: BENTON-LANE Pinot Noir Oregon 2004 (88 points, $20)

Broad, round and generous with its spicy plum, red pepper and toasty spice flavors, lingering nicely on the cinnamon-scented finish. Drink now through 2010. 17,209 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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