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$15 to $30

Jul. 27, 2000: MARKHAM Chardonnay Napa Valley (86 points, $16)

A strong cedary oak presence dominates, with hints of ripe pear, citrus and nectarine filling in the gaps. Drink now through 2003. 28,500 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 24, 2000: D'ARENBERG Shiraz McLaren Vale The Footbolt Old Vine 1998 (87 points, $17)

This Aussie Shiraz is firm and tart, with jazzy cherry and spice flavors that echo pepper and cedar on the finish. On the lean side, but appealing for its zip. Best after 2002. 10,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 10, 2000: COLUMBIA CREST Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Estate Series 1996 (92 points, $16)

Round and cedary, this Washington Cabernet delivers depth, length and distinctive flavor. Ripe, plush and generous with its exotic, seductive aromas and flavors, layering rich plum, currant and clove on a bed of fine-grained tannins. Great price-to-score —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 26, 2000: BOSQUET DES PAPES Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1998 (94 points, $27)

A stunning '98 Châteauneuf at a great price. Lovely. Shows typical Châteauneuf character, with roasted, toasted and grilled notes in a supple package. Full of ripe plum and sweet but firm tannins, it's full-bodied and deeply satisfying, retaining its te —Kim Marcus

Jun. 21, 2000: BARTON & GUESTIER Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition 1998 (89 points, $20)

You know the vintage is a good one when large-scale wineries can make a well-priced, readily available wine as good as this. Beautiful ripeness marks this full-bodied and tannic Châteauneuf with vanilla, plum and mineral character. Not as generous or opu —James Suckling

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