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$15 to $30

Aug. 29, 2002: STONEHAVEN Shiraz Limestone Coast 1999 (86 points, $15)

This Australian Shiraz is dense in texture, with crisp acidity and chewy tannins around a core of dark cherry and licorice-pepper flavors. Drink now through 2004. 7,500 cases imported. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 30, 2002: MUD HOUSE Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2001 (89 points, $15)

Here's a tasty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ideal for summer sipping. Bright and juicy, distinctly herbal, with sweet pea and white pepper notes weaving through the citrusy pear flavors. Drink now. 11,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 29, 2002: PASCAL JOLIVET Pouilly-Fumé 2000 (88 points, $19)

From one of the Loire's qualitative leaders comes this tasty Pouilly-Fumé. Rich, delicious and very exotic, offering red cherry, green plum and herb flavors on a round, juicy profile. Firm acidity keeps it all together. Drink now. Tasted twice, with cons —Bruce Sanderson

Jul. 26, 2002: ROSEMOUNT Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Show Reserve 1999 (89 points, $24)

Here's a very good Australian Cabernet that should be easy to find. Firm in texture, focused in flavor, offering blackberry and currant fruit and lots of peppery, spicy overtones, which echo on the fine-grained finish. Drink now through 2005. 15,000 cases —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 24, 2002: THELEMA Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 1999 (91 points, $30)

Winemaker Gyles Webb has Thelema on top of its game. This is one of the top South African Cabernets. Lovely, supple feel, with alluring cocoa powder, cassis and mint aromas and flavors. Sweet, fine tannins hang on while the fruit reemerges on the finish. —James Molesworth

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