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$15 to $30

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

Jun. 06, 2005: WAIPARA HILLS Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2004 (89 points, $15)

Dry, stony, not as tart as some, its apricot and tropical fruit notes creating a welcome generosity around a lively core of mineral and lime flavors. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 04, 2005: SELBY Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2003 (89 points, $25)

Ripe and lively, with fine intensity to fragrant spice, pear, apple and quince flavors. Concentration lingers, with a citrus tanginess shaping the finish. Drink now. 1,450 cases made. —James Laube

Jun. 03, 2005: LA POSTA DEL VIÑATERO Malbec Luján de Cuyo Angel Paulucci Vineyard 2003 (89 points, $17)

Dark, with blackberry and plum fruit offset by toast, mineral and briar notes. Slightly brawny in style, but lots here to like. Drink now through 2006. 700 cases made. —James Molesworth

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