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$15 to $30

Nov. 16, 2005: THE CROSSINGS Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2004 (89 points, $17)

Zingy style has lively lime and grapefruit flavors at the center, picking up a green apple note as the finish lingers. Drink now. 45,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 15, 2005: ALOIS LAGEDER Pinot Bianco Alto Adige Haberlehof 2003 (90 points, $18)

Aromas of pineapple, honey and peaches follow through to a full-bodied palate with lots of fruit, yet it's subtle and refined on the finish. Drink now. 1,100 cases made. —James Suckling

Nov. 14, 2005: DOMINIO DEL PLATA Malbec Mendoza Susana Balbo 2003 (90 points, $27)

Very ripe, this gushes with blackberry, boysenberry and fig fruit, along with mineral, briar and toast notes. Flashy and fruit-driven, but has structure and length too. Drink now through 2007. 850 cases made. —James Molesworth

Nov. 12, 2005: DUVAL-LEROY Brut Champagne NV 2004 (91 points, $30)

Complex and beguiling, with floral, rosemary, candied citrus and mineral aromas and flavors. This is both elegant and intense, with a vibrant structure and long finish. Ideal as an aperitif or with light foods. Drink now through 2007. 35,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 11, 2005: ELENA WALCH Pinot Grigio Alto Adige Castel Ringberg 2004 (90 points, $23)

A focused and very fresh white with apple, mineral and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with good acidity and a long finish. This is real Pinot Grigio here. Well done. Drink now. 2,165 cases made. —James Suckling

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