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Dec. 03, 2003: KANU Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch 2003 (89 points, $12)

Rich, with lots of lemon and pink grapefruit flavors offset by a strong grassy edge. Chive, mineral and floral hints enter on the finish, where the richness fans out. Approachable, but can cellar short-term too. Drink now through 2004. 6,605 cases made. —James Molesworth

Nov. 22, 2003: TELMO RODRÍGUEZ Rueda Basa 2002 (86 points, $9)

This value-priced white offers tangerine and lime flavors that are crisp and lively. Fresh and juicy, with hints of coconut and vanilla adding interest. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Best Values. —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 11, 2003: RAVENSWOOD Cabernet Sauvignon California Vintners Blend 2001 (85 points, $10)

From a winery known for its Zinfandels, here's a solid value in Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet chocolate and blackberry flavors make for charming window dressing, supported by an underlying herbal quality and gutsy tannins. Drink now. 60,000 cases made. Best —James Laube

Nov. 10, 2003: HEALDSBURG Shiraz California 2001 (85 points, $8)

Australia isn't the only place producing tasty Syrahs at easy prices -- try this California version. It offers a burst of rustic blueberry held in check by an herbal, spicy framework, with firm tannins. Drink now. 6,250 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube

Nov. 06, 2003: MARCHESI DI BAROLO Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2001 (90 points, $14)

Absolutely delicious. Medium- to full-bodied, with tasty ripe plum and mineral character. Bursting with flavor, showing good balance, with a plummy finish. Almost raisiny. Yummy. Always a top Barbera. Very well-priced. Drink now. 7,000 cases made. Smart —James Suckling

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