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Dec. 17, 2004: MEZZACORONA Pinot Grigio Trentino Riserva 2002 (87 points, $14)

Rich PG with floral, apple and honey aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with a good core of fruit and a steely aftertaste. Very good indeed from this megaproducer. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. From Northeast Italy. —James Suckling

Dec. 16, 2004: AUGUST KESSELER Riesling QbA Rheingau R 2003 (88 points, $13)

Here's a sleek, almost racy '03, with intensity and a mineral undercurrent to its apple and lime flavors. Lovely balance and length. Drink now through 2008. 3,500 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 15, 2004: TORRE DEI BEATI Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2002 (86 points, $13)

Slightly earthy but some good coffee, plum and meaty character. Medium body, round tannins and a fruity finish. Rustic but very good. Drink now. 2,700 cases made. From Abruzzi, Italy. —James Suckling

Dec. 14, 2004: VIÑA SILA Rueda Naia 2003 (87 points, $12)

Lovely balance and lively personality in this exuberant white. It shows lemon curd, honey and passion fruit flavors with a rich texture and crisp acidity. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. From Spain. —Thomas Matthews

Dec. 13, 2004: ODFJELL Merlot Maipo Valley Armador 2003 (86 points, $12)

Nice ripe red and dark berry fruit, with herb, briar and cocoa hints as well. Good juicy finish. Drink now. 3,365 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

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