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$15 to $30

May. 07, 2005: THELEMA Merlot Stellenbosch 2002 (90 points, $27)

Alluring aromas of bittersweet chocolate and freshly roasted espresso are followed by a ripe, suave palate of blackberry, black currant and black fig preserves. Long, sweet finish, with fine-grained, cedar-tinged tannins carrying the fruit. Drink now thro —James Molesworth

May. 06, 2005: PAUL LEHRNER Blaufränkisch Qualitätswein Trocken Mittelburgenland Gfanger Classic 2003 (90 points, $18)

Stunning aromas of raspberry and blackberry echo on the palate. This vibrant, balanced red won't last a long time, but if you like purity and focused fruit in a medium-bodied profile, this one's for you. Drink now through 2008. 2,100 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 05, 2005: HOWARD PARK Chardonnay Western Australia 2003 (90 points, $26)

Ripe, open and generous, with creamy pineapple, grapefruit and tangy, spicy overtones on the unfettered finish. Not big, but has focus and persists beautifully. Drink now through 2009. 3,150 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

May. 04, 2005: SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Kamptal Urgestein 2003 (90 points, $25)

Ripe and generous, with pretty peach, apricot and rich spice flavors and a long finish loaded with Meyer lemon notes. Intense, with a nice layer of cream that makes it enjoyable now. Drink now through 2009. 3,300 cases made. —Kim Marcus

May. 03, 2005: BIRD IN HAND Riesling Clare Valley 2004 (90 points, $18)

Beautiful ripe pear, apple and peppery-floral aromas and flavors on a dry, lean frame, exploding with character as the flavors persist with clarity. Drink now through 2014. 2,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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