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$15 to $30

May. 28, 2005: MAS IGNEUS Priorat White FA104 2003 (89 points, $26)

This big-boned, dry white explodes with pear, white pepper and toast flavors that have intensity but remain graceful, with a lovely, spicy finish. Drink now through 2006. 100 cases made. —Thomas Matthews

May. 27, 2005: HERDADE DO ESPORÃO Aragonês Alentejo 2002 (89 points, $18)

Smoky, decadent aroma, with dark plum and dark cherry flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with loads of bitter chocolate notes on the finish. A bit rough, but has intensity and structure, with plenty of chocolate, mocha and licorice. Needs time to settle dow —Kim Marcus

May. 26, 2005: DOMAINE ST.-MARTIN Marsannay Les Échézeaux 2002 (89 points, $22)

Shows great purity to the black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Rich and round, with a solid structure for support. Drink now through 2009. 100 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 25, 2005: PAGO DE VALLEGARCÍA Viognier Viño de Montes de Toledo 2001 (89 points, $30)

This full-blown white is rich with ripe fruit, smoky oak and alcohol. It has varietal character in its dried apricot, rosewater and spice flavors, with a core of acidity that keeps it firm. Drink now. 75 cases imported. —Thomas Matthews

May. 24, 2005: CAVE DES PRODUCTEURS LA VALLÉE COQUETTE Vouvray Réserve des Producteurs 2002 (89 points, $30)

Juicy, ripe quince, fig and pear flavors are supported by fresh, mouthwatering acidity. Off-dry in feel, with nice length. The fruit has an encore on the finish. Delicious. Drink now through 2006. 500 cases made. —James Molesworth

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