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$15 to $30

May. 09, 2000: FATTORIA LE PUPILLE Morellino di Scansano Riserva 1997 (91 points, $19)

This Tuscan red is gorgeous. Emitting beautiful aromas of blackberry, wet earth and toasted oak, it's full-bodied and very polished, with fine tannins and a fresh, delicious finish. Needs time; best after 2000. 2,590 cases made. —James Suckling

May. 08, 2000: BODEGAS MONTECILLO Rioja Reserva (90 points, $15)

This full-throttle Spanish red is rich and dark, with chocolate, coffee and toasty oak flavors, yet has a solid layer of ripe fruit for balance, and a fine mix of firm tannins and bright acidity. The finish is long and fine. Drink now through 2009. 6,000 —Bruce Sanderson

May. 05, 2000: JEAN-MARC BROCARD Bourgogne White Kimmeridgien 1999 (89 points, $16)

Interesting terroir here, with matchsticklike, pungent, earthy, yeasty aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with a silky texture, it's a smoky and ripe white, seducing with its harmony. Amazing quality for a Bourgogne; from the creative Jean-Marc Bro —Per-Henrik Mansson

Apr. 17, 2000: ACACIA Chardonnay Carneros 1998 (89 points, $21)

With excellent purity of fruit, this California Chardonnay boasts ripe, spicy apple, pear, melon and honeysuckle. It's clean and fruity on the finish, with perfumy, elegant floral notes. Drink now through 2005. 34,000 cases made. —James Laube

Apr. 14, 2000: ARGYLE Brut Willamette Valley (90 points, $22)

This Oregon sparkler is elegant, complex and layered with flavor. It has everything you want in a sparkling wine, including delicacy. The texture is fine-grained, and flavors center around pear, toast and hints of exotic flowers and spices. Drink now. 10, —Harvey Steiman

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