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Oct. 18, 2003: CASTELLO BANFI Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese Toscana Col di Sasso 2001 (85 points, $9)

Check out this fine Tuscan value. Plenty of plum and strawberry character, with just a hint of vanilla. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2004. 150,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Suckling

Oct. 15, 2003: CONCHA Y TORO Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Casillero del Diablo 2002 (87 points, $10)

This value-priced line from Chile's most recognizable winery is very solid. This version is moderate in scale but has lovely purity, with cassis, red currant and vanilla flavors, fresh acidity and round, supple tannins. Easy on the toast, too. Nicely done —James Molesworth

Oct. 11, 2003: CHÂTEAU LAMARTINE Cahors 2000 (88 points, $13)

From France's southwest comes this wine, made primarily from the Malbec grape. It's a concentrated red, with delicious red plum, raspberry and currant flavors, overlaid with a layer of spice notes. Good intensity to the tight, tannic finish. Drink now thr —Kim Marcus

Oct. 08, 2003: VIÑA DOÑA PAULA Malbec Luján de Cuyo Los Cardos 2002 (86 points, $8)

This Argentinean winery is owned by the Chilean Santa Rita winery, and it is putting out some very fine value-priced wines. Herb and fur aromas sit atop plum, blackberry and mocha flavors, with a fleshy finish. A bit chunky and rustic, but solid. Drink no —James Molesworth

Oct. 04, 2003: BODEGAS ESCORIHUELA Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo High Altitude 2002 (88 points, $9)

From Argentina, winemaker Estela Perinetti has fashioned this pure and driven red, with raspberry and blackberry confiture aroma and flavor, as well as lush plum, dark chocolate and Christmas pudding notes. Thick but lithe, with plenty of fruit to spare. —James Molesworth

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