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$15 to $30

May. 30, 2001: LEASINGHAM Shiraz Clare Valley Bin 61 2000 (91 points, $15)

This rich, complex red drips with juicy blackberry, cherry and exotic spice flavors, weaving in hints of game and pepper as everything lingers on the long finish. Tannins are soft, making the wine seductive. Drink now through 2010. 15,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

May. 26, 2001: STAETE LANDT Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2000 (90 points, $18)

Crisp, zingy and remarkably focused, this shows lots of green apple, lime and papaya aromas and flavors; balances sweet flavors with lively acidity on the long finish. This is the debut vintage in the U.S. for this New Zealand Sauvignon. Drink now. 2,000 —Harvey Steiman

May. 21, 2001: PAUL BLANCK Tokay Pinot Gris Alsace Grand Cru Furstentum 1998 (92 points, $30)

Aromas of violets and roses are a prelude to this wine's initial sweetness, which boosts the floral, hazelnut and citrus flavors. Round and soft, it firms up a little on the finish. A touch of bitter grapefruit reins it in. Drink now through 2004. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 17, 2001: ROSEMOUNT Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre McLaren Vale GSM 1998 (90 points, $26)

From one of Australia—s most popular wineries comes this plush, rich-textured red blend. It offers layers of cherry, blueberry, spice and a touch of earthiness. Complex and beautifully rounded. It's tempting now, but it has the length to grow in the cel —Harvey Steiman

May. 01, 2001: RUTHERFORD GROVE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999 (92 points, $28)

There's wonderful depth and complexity to this rich red as it reveals its ripe currant, black cherry, cedar, anise and blackberry. Finishes with a mouthful of lively fruit and a long, integrated aftertaste. Best from 2002 through 2012. 2,010 cases made. —James Laube

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