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Aug. 14, 2004: COLUMBIA CREST Shiraz Columbia Valley Two Vines 2001 (90 points, $8)

What a lovely range of sweet spices and supple, seductive blackberry, raspberry and cocoa flavors that mingle seamlessly on the long, effortless finish. Tannins are well-submerged, making this easy to like. Drink now through 2007. 50,000 cases made. Best —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 12, 2004: MIGUEL TORRES Sauvignon Blanc Curicó Santa Digna 2003 (87 points, $10)

From Chile comes this nice Sauvignon Blanc which offers fresh grass and chive notes, with lemon peel and chalk as well. Bright, bracing finish. Drink now. 50,800 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

Aug. 09, 2004: DOMAINE BARON Sauvignon Touraine Vieilles Vignes 2002 (88 points, $8)

Lovely lemon zest and chamomile hints here, with honeysuckle, chalk and gooseberry flavors as well. Snappy, citrusy finish begs for food. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. Best Values. From France. —James Molesworth

Aug. 05, 2004: CAVE DE SAUMUR Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux 2003 (90 points, $14)

In ripe years like '03, Cabernet Franc from the Loire can offer sleek blackberry and boysenberry fruit like this wine has, with additional mineral, tobacco leaf, toast and game notes as well. Long, smoky finish has some serious muscle, but is truly driven —James Molesworth

Aug. 04, 2004: CHÉREAU-CARRÉ Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Château de la Chesnaie 2003 (88 points, $9)

From the Loire comes this nice livewire Muscadet, with citrus peel, sea salt, mineral and floral notes. Fresh, tangy and rich. Nicely done. What a value. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. Best Values. From France. —James Molesworth

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