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Aug. 30, 2004: DOMAINE DU CLOSEL Savennières Clos du Papillon 2002 (91 points, $27)

This Loire Valley white (made from Chenin Blanc) has an alluring gold-amber color, with ginger root, green almond, fig and orange blossom flavors. Rich and long, with a juicy, yet bracing finish. Drink now through 2008. 1,500 cases made. —James Molesworth

Aug. 28, 2004: ALLAN SCOTT Chardonnay Marlborough 2002 (90 points, $15)

This New Zealand Chardonnay is polished, striking a wonderful balance between ripe, spicy pear and caramel against a lovely zing of acidity, letting the flavors linger persistently. Drink now through 2008. 20,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 26, 2004: WORTHY Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Sophia's Cuvee 2001 (93 points, $27)

A newcomer, this Cabernet is appealing for its exuberant display of ripe, fleshy blackberry and wild berry fruit. It adds a pretty touch of floral and cedar nuances before revealing its depth, richness and concentration on a long, persistent, impressive a —James Laube

Aug. 25, 2004: ORIGIN-NAPA Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Gamble Vineyard 2002 (93 points, $25)

Here's an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc from a new California winery. Concentrated, with a noteworthy balance and delineation to the rich, structured core of mineral, melon, green apple and tart citrus flavors that stay fresh and vibrant on a lively, focuse —James Laube

Aug. 21, 2004: TAMARACK Firehouse Red Columbia Valley 2002 (91 points, $18)

Polished, focused and impressive for its pure currant and blackberry fruit, nicely shaded with hints of mineral and a whisper of red pepper. The flavors linger enticingly against fine, crisp tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. D —Harvey Steiman

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