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May. 10, 2005: NIGL Grüner Veltliner Qualitätswein Trocken Kremstal Kremser Freiheit 2003 (89 points, $19)

Fresh, spicy and well-structured, with flavors dominated by grapefruit and Meyer lemon. Elegant, with a mouthwatering finish. Delicious and exceptionally well-balanced. Drink now. 4,000 cases made. —Kim Marcus

May. 09, 2005: WINZER KREMS Grüner Veltliner Qualitätswein Trocken Kremstal Kremser Wachtberg 2003 (90 points, $19)

Ripe, with flavors of quince, mango and pear all wrapped in a blanket of soft butter cream. Plenty of structure, with exotic spice and smoke notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2008. 2,500 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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

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