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$15 to $30

Feb. 07, 2004: STAGS' LEAP WINERY Viognier Napa Valley 2002 (90 points, $25)

A complex and concentrated style, with creamy oak draped over a core of spice, asian pear, nectarine, peach and tangerine, gaining momentum and depth on a long, luxurious finish. Drink now through 2006. 2,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Laube

Feb. 06, 2004: CONCHA Y TORO Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley Terrunyo 2003 (90 points, $20)

This surprisingly rich Sauvignon offers lovely straw, gooseberry, honeysuckle, lemon verbena and even chamomile flower notes, with a fine, chalky underpinning. Long, delicious finish. A new benchmark for Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2005. 2, —James Molesworth

Feb. 04, 2004: FAIRVIEW Goat-Roti Western Cape 2002 (91 points, $18)

This South African red just oozes fruit -- blackberries, plums and currants -- but has firm tannins to keep it from getting too gushy. Lots of tar, smoke and dark chocolate here too, with the fruit pumping through the finish. Shiraz with 5 percent Viognie —James Molesworth

Feb. 03, 2004: ROSENBLUM Zinfandel San Francisco Bay Continente Vineyard 2001 (92 points, $16)

Deliciously complex, with layers of spicy oak, wild berry, black cherry, grilled meat and peppery scents, turning smooth on the finish, where the texture is supple and polished. Drink now through 2009. 2,700 cases made. From California. —James Laube

Jan. 26, 2004: ANDREW MURRAY Espérance Santa Ynez Valley 2001 (90 points, $22)

Aromas of wild berry, raspberry and floral notes lead to a tight band of flavors, accented by hints of fresh earth, smoke, spice and berry jam, finishing with a long, complex aftertaste and integrated jammy tannins. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink n —James Laube

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