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$15 to $30

Jun. 17, 2003: ACACIA Pinot Noir Napa Valley Carneros 2001 (89 points, $20)

Striking for its display of ripe, vibrant, complex black cherry and blackberry fruit. Intense and concentrated, deftly balanced, with a long finish that's supported by stemmy tannins. Can stand short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2008. 28,385 cases ma —James Laube

Jun. 16, 2003: J.-C. PICHOT Vouvray Moelleux Domaine Le Peu de la Moriette 1990 (97 points, $23)

Shows all the complexity you expect from a sweet wine of this age, with burnished leather, lemon cream, orange peel, marzipan, green tea and almond flavors. Long and lush, with layers of papaya and mango emerging on the finish. Seamless. A re-release for —James Molesworth

Jun. 13, 2003: JUSTIN Syrah Paso Robles 2000 (88 points, $23)

Here's another solid California Syrah that should be fairly easy to track down. Stylish, with intense, plush spice, black cherry and pomegranate flavors, with a touch of cocoa. Well-integrated oak overtones frame the firm but ripe tannin on the finish. Dr —James Laube

Jun. 11, 2003: BRIDLEWOOD Syrah Central Coast 2000 (89 points, $19)

Here's a way to introduce yourself to California Syrah. Intense and concentrated, with finely integrated raspberry, black cherry, beef and salty mineral flavors. Cedary, toasty oak and supple tannins fold into the lingering finish. Excellent value. Drink —James Laube

Jun. 09, 2003: NOVY Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2001 (92 points, $23)

Syrah continues to improve in California, as this offering from Novy shows. A tremendous effort, gorgeous fruit, rich and multifaceted, with gobs of beef, spice, white pepper, bacon (and bacon fat), touches of berry and cedar, with a long, rich, delicious —James Laube

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