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$15 to $30

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

Jun. 15, 2000: DOMAINE DU VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Mas des Papes (91 points, $26)

It's hard to contain the excitement for the forthcoming '98 vintage in the southern Rhône. It looks to be the best since '90, and here's an outstanding example of what's to come. Supple and ripe, this wine is medium-bodied and displays good black and red —Kim Marcus

Jun. 14, 2000: PAUL COULON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Beaurenard (93 points, $25)

Here's a superb '98 Châteauneuf worth tracking down. Sweet-tasting and ripe, sophisticated in its smooth, round and silky mouthfeel, delivering loads of fruit and wet earth. An attractive version of this Rhône red. Drink now through 2015. 7,500 cases ma —Per-Henrik Mansson

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