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$15 to $30

Jul. 28, 2005: PIERRE SOULEZ Savennières Château de Chamboureau Cuvée d'Avant 2001 (91 points, $21)

Shows lanolin, honey and butter notes of maturity on the nose and upfront, before firm, bracing acidity brings in a second act of mineral, citrus peel and chamomile for the finish. Lush and taut at the same time. Drink now through 2010. 1,200 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jul. 27, 2005: ROCKBURN Pinot Noir Central Otago 2003 (90 points, $30)

Tangy and rich, with lovely, ripe strawberry and blackberry flavors supported by zingy acidity, all of it lasting nicely on the generous finish. Drink now through 2009. 6,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 26, 2005: TALLEY Chardonnay Arroyo Grande Valley 2002 (89 points, $25)

A bold, rich, mouthcoating style, with ripe pear, apricot, spice, fresh earth and citrus flavors that pick up a nice touch of smoky-toasty oak on the finish. Drink now through 2006. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 5,014 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 25, 2005: BODEGAS SIERRA CANTABRIA Rioja Cuvée Especial 2001 (89 points, $25)

Plush in texture yet focused in flavor, this red shows black cherry and currant flavors that are ripe but lively, backed by toasty oak and accents of minerals and herbs. Drink now through 2010. 2,000 cases imported. —Thomas Matthews

Jul. 23, 2005: SPADINA Nero d'Avola Sicilia Una Rosa 2002 (90 points, $16)

Dark, full-bodied and chewy, with meaty blackberry and mineral character. Medium- to full-bodied, with good, solid tannins and a long finish. Well done. Best after 2005. 1,500 cases made. —James Suckling

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