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$15 to $30

May. 06, 2004: S.A. HUËT Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu 2002 (93 points, $24)

Gives just hints of spice, green almond and fig on the nose, but the palate is explosive, with a lacy texture offset by ripe acidity that chisels the ginger, white truffle, cinnamon stick, green apple and nectarine flavors into form. Great twinge of bitte —James Molesworth

Apr. 26, 2004: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Cuvée Alexandre 2000 (91 points, $19)

Packed with fruit, this broad-shouldered red offers muscular prune, dark chocolate, currant, brier and toast flavors that will need brief cellaring to round into form. An impressive, gutsy wine, with much better harmony than previous vintages. Drink now t —James Molesworth

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

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