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$15 to $30

Apr. 09, 2004: MURPHY-GOODE Fumé Blanc Alexander Valley Reserve 2001 (89 points, $17)

Vibrant and concentrated, with a bright beam of grass, passion fruit, lemon-lime and gooseberry character. Tart citrus and vanilla linger on the refreshing finish. Drink now through 2005. 18,650 cases made. From California.

Apr. 07, 2004: VIÑA MONTES Chardonnay Casablanca Valley Alpha 2002 (90 points, $20)

Classy Chardonnay, with fig, Bosc pear, hazelnut and toast notes that are ripe and rich, yet elegant as well. Fine acidity runs seamlessly beneath it all. Lengthy finish. Drink now through 2005. 15,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Mar. 24, 2004: THOMAS-LABAILLE Sancerre Les Monts Damnés 2002 (92 points, $20)

A rapier, this racy Sancerre features citrus peel, peach, lemon pound cake, lime and mineral notes on a crunchy, vibrant texture. Tangy and precise on the finish, with a lovely lemon zest edge. Drink now through 2005. Smart Buys. From France. —James Molesworth

Mar. 23, 2004: MULDERBOSCH Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2002 (92 points, $24)

This chiseled, structured Chardonnay has lots of crunchy acidity supporting its ripe pear, fig, pineapple and papaya notes. Lots of citrus peel and floral hints here as well, with a long, stony finish. Drink now through 2006. 4,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth

Mar. 22, 2004: ROBERT EYMAEL (MÖNCHHOF) Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Ürziger Würzgarten 2002 (92 points, $23)

A gorgeous spätlese, fresh, pure and dripping with pineapple, apricot and slate notes on an open-knit frame. Lovely harmony and length, with lingering fruit and mineral elements. Drink now through 2015. 600 cases imported. Smart Buys. —Bruce Sanderson

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