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Aug. 26, 2003: CAMELOT Pinot Noir California 2001 (85 points, $8)

A good Pinot for under $10 is hard to find. But here's an everyday version that's soft and supple, with ripe currant, cherry and plum flavors underscored by toasty oak and round structure. Drink now through 2006. 57,164 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube

Aug. 25, 2003: GEORGES DUBOEUF Fleurie Prestige 2002 (91 points, $14)

Duboeuf has a solid lineup of wines in the strong '02 vintage. Violet, blackberry and boysenberry aromas and flavors unfurl in this silky, lush Fleurie, with extra notes of spice, toast, vanilla and minerals. Fruit echoes on the long, pure finish. Really, —James Molesworth

Aug. 20, 2003: MCGUIGAN Shiraz South Eastern Australia The Black Label 2001 (85 points, $8)

Here's an Aussie Shiraz at a drink-me price. Light, bright and sturdy, with pretty blackberry and cherry flavors that echo nicely on the open finish. Drink now. 80,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 14, 2003: CONCHA Y TORO Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Xplorador 2001 (85 points, $8)

This value-priced red from Chile offers good black cherry, plum and vanilla flavors in a fleshy, medium-weight package, with a round, smoky finish. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

Aug. 13, 2003: QUINTA DO VALLADO Douro 2001 (90 points, $14)

Here's another dry red from the Douro that offers nice concentration and intensity to a full-bodied palate, with an alluring aroma of roasted meat and spice. Rich blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors are deftly balanced and linger on the finish. Drink —Kim Marcus

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