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$15 to $30

Jun. 24, 2004: MUELLER Chardonnay Russian River Valley LB 2001 (91 points, $21)

Pretty floral scents, with ripe, juicy apple, pear, honeydew melon and spicy, toasty oak. Rich and balanced, sharply focused, with a dash of nutmeg and hazelnut, giving it an added flavor dimension. Drink now through 2009. 900 cases made. Smart Buys. From —James Laube

Jun. 18, 2004: PASCAL & NICOLAS REVERDY Sancerre Cuvée Les Coûtes 2002 (90 points, $20)

Lovely fruit here -- pear and quince -- with bracing chalk and lime notes underneath. Fine cut on the finish, where the appellation's textbook grassy edge emerges. Drink now through 2005. 3,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From France. —James Molesworth

Jun. 15, 2004: ARROWOOD Chardonnay Sonoma County 2002 (92 points, $29)

Delicious purity of fruit, with a tight, rich, vibrant core of ripe pear, apple, spice and floral notes, supported by light toasty oak that lingers in the background. Drink now through 2008. 4,427 cases made. Highly Recommended. From California. —James Laube

Jun. 12, 2004: FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO Falanghina Sannio 2003 (90 points, $17)

Aromas of lemon and rhubarb turn to minerals, melons and honey. Medium- to full-bodied, with lovely acidity and a long, ripe fruit aftertaste. Delicious. One of the best values in Italian white. Drink now. 70,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Italy. —James Suckling

Jun. 09, 2004: RAPITALÀ Sicilia Hugonis 2001 (90 points, $20)

Enticing and well-balanced on the nose, offering currant and berry, with flowers, minerals and light spice. Full-bodied, with lots of firm, well-placed tannins and a long, spicy fruit and mineral finish. A well-structured red -- built to last. Cabernet Sa —James Suckling

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