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Sep. 15, 2003: GEORGES DUBOEUF Beaujolais-Villages Château de Varennes 2002 (85 points, $9)

After a tough '01 vintage, the Beaujolais region came back with a strong '02 harvest. The wines are ripe and have an extra bit of grip and structure to them. From the region's best-known producer comes this ripe and bouncy offering, with black cherry, plu —James Molesworth

Sep. 10, 2003: BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Chardonnay Mendoza Alamos 2002 (86 points, $11)

This value-priced line from Argentina's foremost producer is a great buy and should be easy to find. Focused, with ripe pear and fig fruit, and well-rounded toast notes. Fresh finish and good mouthfeel too. Drink now. 40,500 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

Sep. 08, 2003: TOMMASI Soave Classico Superiore Vigneto Le Volpare 2001 (85 points, $10)

This well-known Amarone producer also turns out a pretty fine Soave. There is lots of lemon and lime character in this release. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a fruity finish. Good value here. Drink now. 8,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Suckling

Sep. 01, 2003: J. & F. LURTON Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays d'Oc Les Fumées Blanches 2002 (86 points, $7)

From the south of France comes this solid value. It offers good Sauvignon varietal notes, with crisp lime, melon and stone flavors, with appealing herbal notes on the finish. Drink now. 35,000 cases made. Best Values. —Kim Marcus

Aug. 29, 2003: VIÑA SAN PEDRO Cabernet Sauvignon Lontué Valley Castillo de Molina Reserva 2001 (86 points, $11)

This Chilean Cabernet has a firm layer of toast and chocolate, but also enough currant and black cherry fruit underneath for balance. Good focus on the finish, too. Never really fans out, but solid. Drink now through 2004. 80,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

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