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Aug. 02, 2001: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 1999 (93 points, $28)

This Washington Chardonnay is vibrant, juicy and beautifully focused. Shows off its creamy pear, tangy citrus and generous pineapple aromas and flavors, which linger effortlessly on the impeccably balanced finish. Drink now through 2007. 5,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 27, 2001: SCARPANTONI Shiraz McLaren Vale Block 3 2000 (89 points, $25)

Bright and juicy, packed with berry and vanilla flavors that echo appealingly on the round finish. Drink now through 2007. 2,500 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 26, 2001: GRANT BURGE Shiraz Barossa Barossa Vines (86 points, $15)

Bright and supple, with pretty cherry and beet flavors shaded with peppery anise notes, lingering on the open-textured finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 13, 2001: STONESTREET Chardonnay Sonoma County 1996 (92 points, $24)

Sharply focused, rich and complex, this is an impressive Chardonnay, with pretty pear, fig, melon and apricot flavors. Turns spicy, with anise and cedar, and finishes with a long and lively aftertaste. Drink now through 2005. 13,928 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 02, 2001: VIÑA CALITERRA Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Arboleda 1998 (86 points, $20)

Arboleda is a new line from Caliterra, the joint venture of Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi. This Cabernet is dark and smoky, with good currant flavor, and a chewy texture. A bit firm on the finish, but a good effort for a '98, a vintage that was trou —James Molesworth

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