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$15 to $30

Dec. 21, 2005: ROBERT EYMAEL (MÖNCHHOF) Riesling QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2004 (89 points, $15)

Plump and juicy, with apricot, nectarine and mineral notes married to a bright structure. It's balanced and lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2010. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 20, 2005: QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro Meandro 2003 (90 points, $20)

Broad and rich, with layers of ripe plum and blackberry flavors, that are nicely feathered with cream and spice. Finishes oozes with chocolate, mineral and smoke. Drink now through 2008. 4,330 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Dec. 19, 2005: ROSENBLUM Zinfandel Mendocino County Eagle Point Vineyard 2003 (90 points, $27)

A ripe, expressive style, with layers of berry fruit built around a core of black cherry, boysenberry and black berry fruit. Mixed in are hints of sage and spice, with light cedary oak and firm but agreeble tannins. Drink now through 2009. 1,470 cases mad —James Laube

Dec. 17, 2005: JOH. JOS. CHRISTOFFEL ERBEN Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Ürziger Würzgarten 2004 (90 points, $27)

Fresh, succulent and impeccably balanced, this white exhibits peach, nectarine and mineral aromas and flavors and a long finish. It's intense on a light-weight frame. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 16, 2005: CHAPPELLET Chardonnay Napa Valley 2004 (90 points, $28)

A delicious young Chardonnay that features layers of ripe, spicy pear, fig and honeydew melon, hints of hazelnut, nutmeg and citrus rind, and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2008. 3,100 cases made.

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