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$15 to $30

Aug. 17, 2004: CHALONE Pinot Noir Chalone 2002 (90 points, $25)

Silky, with a pretty array of black cherry, plum and raspberry-scented fruit that's deftly balanced, complex and elegantly styled, turning delicate and perfumed. Drink now through 2008. 11,800 cases made. Smart Buys. From California. —James Laube

Aug. 10, 2004: HENRI BOURGEOIS Pouilly-Fumé La Porte de L'Abbaye 2002 (92 points, $17)

This offers layers of streamlined flint, lime, lemon curd, smoke, green almond and dried herbs, all running through a long finish that never breaks stride. Drink now through 2008. 12,500 cases made. Smart Buys. From France. —James Molesworth

Jul. 30, 2004: SOOS CREEK Artist Series #1 Columbia Valley 2001 (92 points, $27)

Ripe and generous, with a gamy edge to the rich currant, plum and berry flavors, weaving a smoky note through the long, round finish. Impressive for its depth. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2006 through 2012. 600 c —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 23, 2004: DOMAINES SCHLUMBERGER Riesling Alsace Les Princes Abbés 2000 (91 points, $16)

This is lush and though it starts out off-dry, the racy structure emerges midpalate, driving the floral, peach and mineral flavors to a long, dry conclusion. It really sings on the finish today, with a long smoky aftertaste. Drink now through 2012. Tasted —Bruce Sanderson

Jul. 13, 2004: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Merlot Columbia Valley 2001 (89 points, $16)

Smooth, generous style emphasizes distinctly minty, herbal overtones to the cherry and spice flavors. It all lingers nicely. Drink now through 2008. 178,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Washington. —Harvey Steiman

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