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Jan. 27, 2000: PENFOLDS Shiraz South Australia Kalimna Bin 28 1996 (90 points, $25)

This Australian Shiraz is a beguiling combination of rich, almost decadent flavors on an upright frame that has a nicely buried backbone of acidity and tannin. Nothing is obtrusive, everything is in graceful balance, leaving an ultimate impression of both —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 26, 2000: PLUNKETT Shiraz Victoria Blackwood Ridge 1998 (87 points, $15)

A light style of Aussie Shiraz that centers its plum, berry and black pepper flavors on a supple, open-textured frame. Immediately appealing. Drink now through 2004. 3,000 cases made.

Jan. 25, 2000: ROSEMOUNT Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre McLaren Vale GSM 1997 (94 points, $22)

This Aussie red blend is rich and distinctive, a bit lighter than most Shiraz, but dripping with flavors, corraling a wild range of meaty blackberry, red cherry, black cherry and pepper flavors into a smooth wine of enormous character and depth. Appealing —Harvey Steiman

Jan. 19, 2000: MASTROBERARDINO Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio White<br> 1998 (89 points, $19)

This southern Italian white is a deadringer for Riesling, with honey, mineral and piecrust aromas and flavors. Extremely well made. Medium-bodied, with lots of fruit and a flavorful finish. Drink now. 16,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Jan. 12, 2000: GOLDWATER Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dog Point 1999 (90 points, $19)

Here's another solid Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Fresh and lively, offering bright apple, nectarine and citrus flavors that linger on the racy finish. Yummy now. Drink now. 10,000 cases made.

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