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$15 to $30

Apr. 24, 2004: EDGEWOOD Zinfandel Napa Valley 2001 (92 points, $20)

Exuberant, with loads of coconut, vanilla and cedar from toasty oak framing ripe, plush currant, cherry and dried berry flavors that offer wonderful complexity and depth, with a great punch of fruit, oak and tannin. Drink now through 2006. 2,344 cases mad —James Laube

Apr. 19, 2004: CONCHA Y TORO Chardonnay Pirque Marqués de Casa Concha 2002 (91 points, $16)

Bold, with lots of spice and toast notes laying over ripe pear tartine, fig and mango flavors. The fruit stays lush on the finish, while a stony underpinning keeps it all honest. Drink now through 2005. 11,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Apr. 17, 2004: KELLER Chardonnay Sonoma Coast La Cruz Vineyard 2002 (92 points, $28)

Firm and concentrated, this wine exhibits a vibrant core of ripe pear, cream, hazelnut and nutmeg flavors that fold together nicely, holding a tight focus and finishing with a long beam of ripe, juicy, lively fruit. Another excellent offering from this up —James Laube

Apr. 16, 2004: ACACIA Pinot Noir Napa Valley-Carneros 2000 (90 points, $20)

Intense and vibrant, with a firm tannic backbone to the core of earthy blackberry and wild berry fruit. Tightens on the finish, with a hint of clove and cedary oak, at times flexing its muscles yet also offering concentration and depth. Drink now through —James Laube

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.

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