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$15 to $30

Jan. 04, 2005: J. WEGELER ERBEN Riesling Spätlese Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland 2003 (89 points, $30)

Very attractive flavors of peach, apricot and lemon mark this moderately structured Riesling. Not the clarity and harmony of the best in this category, but may just need time to settle down. Drink now through 2015. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 03, 2005: DR. F. WEINS-PRÜM Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2003 (89 points, $29)

Rich and fleshy, there's a bright structure in this '03 Riesling supporting the peach and lime notes. There's an airy texture and moderate length on the finish. Drink now through 2012. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 31, 2004: ELAINE MARIA Sauvignon Blanc Alexander Valley 2003 (90 points, $17)

Vibrant and intense, serving up a bright beam of passion fruit, grapefruit, grass and tangy nectarine flavors that dance with lemon and lime peel notes on a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2006. 400 cases made. From California. —James Laube

Dec. 30, 2004: ST.-URBANS-HOF Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2003 (90 points, $17)

There's a tad more zip here than usual for 2003, which helps to focus the slate, peach and citrus notes. Good persistence, ending in an almost salty finish. Drink now through 2012. 1,200 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 29, 2004: KANGARILLA ROAD Shiraz-Viognier McLaren Vale 2003 (90 points, $25)

Nearly black in color, but refreshing for its lively mouthful and open-textured, sweet-spicy berry flavors, the flavors hovering gently through the long, elegant finish. Drink now through 2009. 400 cases imported. From Australia. —Harvey Steiman

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