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Nov. 01, 2003: PASCAL JOLIVET Sancerre 2002 (90 points, $20)

The Loire enjoyed a fine harvest in 2002, and the Sauvignon Blancs from the eastern end of the region are very solid. There's lots to like here, with citrus peel, straw, mineral, lemon curd and peach notes. This bouncy Sancerre has length, vibrancy and ba —James Molesworth

Oct. 29, 2003: ANTINORI Vermentino Bolgheri Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2002 (88 points, $18)

Plenty of exotic fruit, with apple, lime and mineral character. Medium-bodied, with a crisp finish. One of my summer whites! Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling

Oct. 20, 2003: CABREO Chardonnay Toscana La Pietra 2001 (88 points, $17)

Pretty apple, vanilla and mineral character, with a very fresh focus. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a lovely, soft, delicious finish. Modern and attractive. 5,500 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling

Oct. 14, 2003: CHAPPELLET Chardonnay Napa Valley 2001 (90 points, $22)

From a California winery with a long history of successful Cabernet comes this outstanding Chardonnay. Firm, rich and intense, with layers of apple, fig and honeydew shaded by smoky, toasty oak, giving it a rich, unctuous aftertaste. Drink now through 200 —James Laube

Oct. 07, 2003: NAVARRO Pinot Noir Mendocino 2001 (89 points, $15)

It's always nice to find a Pinot Noir that won't break the bank. This California version is made in a delicate style, with fragrant floral and rose petal aromas and ripe cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors that are elegant and refreshing. A terrific —James Laube

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