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Sep. 01, 2004: BODEGAS ESCORIHUELA Malbec Mendoza Don Miguel Gascón 2003 (89 points, $12)

This Argentine Malbec is rich and fleshy, with smooth blackberry and boysenberry fruit flavors augmented by sweet mocha, spice and toast notes. Long, suave finish. Offers plenty of fruit without ever getting jammy or heady. Drink now through 2006. 13,000 —James Molesworth

Aug. 24, 2004: CONCHA Y TORO Chardonnay Central Valley Xplorador 2003 (85 points, $7)

One of Chile's best producers keeps cranking out the solid values, like this fresh and bright Chardonnay, with pear, lime and quince flavors that sit atop bouncy acidity. Nicely done. Drink now. 11,000 cases imported. Best Values. —James Molesworth

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

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