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Dec. 08, 2004: WHITE OAK Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2003 (86 points, $14)

Concentrated, with an array of tart nectarine, candied grapefruit and melon flavors. Lively citrus acidity, vanilla and a hint of onion peel shape the finish. Drink now. 2,775 cases made. From California.

Dec. 07, 2004: VIU MANENT Carmenère Colchagua Secreto 2003 (86 points, $11)

Juicy, with delicious red and dark berry fruit, tobacco and spice hints, and a nice briary note on the finish. Not as supple as usual for this grape, but quite tasty. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Dec. 06, 2004: ODFJELL Syrah Maipo Valley Armador 2003 (87 points, $12)

Solid varietal character here, with game, violet, plum and black cherry notes that stay harmonious through the supple, elegant finish. Drink now. 1,825 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Dec. 04, 2004: VIU MANENT Malbec Colchagua Secreto 2002 (88 points, $11)

Tasty, jammy style, with lots of blackberry and boysenberry fruit, covered with sweet toast, vanilla bean and mocha notes. Thickly textured, but stays lively and fresh through the finish. Drink now through 2005. 2,000 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Dec. 03, 2004: ODFJELL Carmenère Maule Valley Armador 2003 (88 points, $12)

A surprisingly rich version from Maule, with delicious plum and blackberry fruit supported by tobacco leaf, tar and dark chocolate notes which all pump through the finish nicely. Drink now. 3,340 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

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