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$15 to $30

Mar. 17, 2004: MACROSTIE Chardonnay Carneros Reserve 2000 (93 points, $25)

Wonderful aromas of ripe fruit and fresh-cut flowers, exhibiting rich, creamy fig, apricot, pear and spicy hazelnut and light oak nuances. Tremendous aftertaste folds together loads of flavor enlivened by acidity. Drink now through 2007. 620 cases made. H —James Laube

Mar. 15, 2004: CLOS DES JACOBINS St.-Emilion 2001 (91 points, $25)

Lots of blackberry, tobacco, earth and spice in this young red. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and lovely balance on the finish. Rich and decadent. This is better than the 2000 and shows this estate is improving with every vintage; the new team at Clos d —James Suckling

Mar. 09, 2004: CHÂTEAU POUJEAUX Moulis 2001 (90 points, $20)

Fresh aromas of blackberries, minerals, vanilla and dried flowers follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long finish. Very fine indeed. Same quality as the 2000. Best after 2008. Smart Buys. From France. —James Suckling

Mar. 05, 2004: CHÂTEAU HAUT-BAGES-LIBÉRAL Pauillac 2001 (91 points, $20)

Black cherries with fresh basil on the nose open to a full-bodied palate, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. A solid wine with a good core of fruit and tannins. Best after 2008. 10,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From France. —James Suckling

Mar. 05, 2004: TENUTA LE VELETTE Umbria Calanco 2000 (89 points, $18)

Extremely pretty, with currant and blackberry character and hints of toasty oak. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Best after 2006. 1,300 cases made. —James Suckling

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