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$15 to $30

Jun. 11, 2005: CAVES ALIANÇA Douro Quinta dos Quatro Ventos 2001 (90 points, $25)

Smoky, ripe and a bit exotic, with a range of dark fruit flavors, including plum, cherry and a touch of prune. Espresso notes fill the finish. Should go well with roasted saddle of pork. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Jun. 10, 2005: TIKAL Patriota Mendoza 2003 (90 points, $25)

Like pudding with its thick, creamy layers of plum, blackberry, vanilla and mocha. Round, fleshy and sweet through the finish, with a nice mineral hint to keep it honest. A wine unashamed of its modernity. Bonarda and Malbec. Drink now. 1,700 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jun. 09, 2005: RUSSIZ SUPERIORE Tocai Friulano Collio 2003 (90 points, $20)

Wonderful aromas of peaches, wild strawberries and pears. Full-bodied, with good acidity and loads of ripe fruit on the finish. Impressive. Drink now. 1,665 cases made. —James Suckling

Jun. 08, 2005: VALENTÍN BIANCHI Malbec San Rafael Particular 2004 (90 points, $30)

Bright, pure and racy, with violet, raspberry, blackberry and mineral flavors that pump through a sweet, long finish, framed by judicious toast. Delicious. Drink now through 2006. 800 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jun. 07, 2005: RUDD Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2003 (90 points, $28)

Tightly wound, but loaded with richness and intensity, built around a solid core of lemon curd, pineapple, mineral and nicely integrated cedar flavors. Concentration keeps striding through the vibrant finish, with a stylish vanilla accent. Drink now throu —James Laube

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