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Dec. 14, 2001: THORNBURY Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2001 (91 points, $17)

New Zealand continues to make a name for itself with its Sauvignon Blancs. This one from Thornbury is bright and lively, beautifully proportioned and juicy with cascades of melon, apple and passion fruit flavors that echo on the finish against a note of b —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 01, 2001: GOLDWATER Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dog Point 2001 (91 points, $20)

This New Zealand Sauvignon explodes with zingy flavors, offering lime, pear, black pepper and passion fruit in profusion, echoing beautifully on the lively finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 01, 2001: GOLDWATER Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dog Point 2001 (91 points, $20)

This New Zealand Sauvignon explodes with zingy flavors, offering lime, pear, black pepper and passion fruit in profusion, echoing beautifully on the lively finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 26, 2001: LES CAILLOUX Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999 (93 points, $30)

Excellent Châteauneuf. Thick-textured, ripe but elegant, it has plenty of rich fruit, but above all, a mineral, wet earth component. Full-bodied, it's harmonious from start to finish, with wet stone and plum complexity lingering on the long, long finish. —Per-Henrik Mansson

Nov. 20, 2001: R. LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA TONDONIA Rioja White Viña Gravonia 1991 (90 points, $18)

One's of the world's most distinctive whites, this Viura from Heredia is delicate and ethereal. A fine example of traditional white Rioja, with nutty honey and dried pear flavors that linger endlessly on the finish. Not a powerhouse, but rich with flavor —Thomas Matthews

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