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$15 to $30

Jul. 03, 2003: CHÂTEAU DE SANCERRE Sancerre 2001 (89 points, $15)

Solid effort for '01, with pear, peach and butter flavors, ripe texture, and notes of straw and melon on the finish. Modern-style Sancerre with ripe acidity keeping it honest. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Molesworth

Jun. 26, 2003: FOREAU Vouvray Moelleux Domaine du Clos Naudin 1999 (93 points, $30)

From a lean vintage, this late-release dessert wine still manages to offer gorgeous apple, brown bread, spice cake, cardamom, beeswax and honeycomb notes. Sweet yet still nervy. Has a worn feel, but also plenty of life, with a laser-beam finish. Drink now —James Molesworth

Jun. 25, 2003: DOPFF & IRION Riesling Alsace Les Murailles Domaines de Riquewihr 2001 (90 points, $19)

A focused, dry Riesling, muscular and bracing in structure, with apple, lemon and mineral aromas and flavors that need time to harmonize. Great length. Perfect for roast pork or veal chops. Best from 2004 through 2012. 3,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —Bruce Sanderson

Jun. 24, 2003: CHATEAU SOUVERAIN Chardonnay Russian River Valley Winemaker's Reserve 2001 (93 points, $25)

A rich, flamboyant style, from the wonderful aromatics to the opulent display of fruit and oak flavors. The mix of fleshy pear, fig and smoky oak combine to create all kinds of flavor nuances. Finishes with mineral and lemon-citrus scents. Drink now throu —James Laube

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

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