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May. 03, 2004: FAMILIA RUTINI Merlot Tupungato Trumpeter 2002 (88 points, $9)

Dark and brambly for a Merlot, with blackberry and currant fruit, cocoa and spice notes, and a muscular, briery finish. Very solid. Drink now through 2005. 14,000 cases made. Best Values. From Argentina. —James Molesworth

Apr. 30, 2004: BONNY DOON Riesling America Dry Pacific Rim NV NV (86 points, $10)

A tasty wine, with modest complexity and luscious and spicy peach, melon and tropical fruit. Blend of grapes from Washington and Germany. Drink now. 32,128 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube

Apr. 29, 2004: NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL ROSARIO Tempranillo La Mancha Canforrales Joven Roble 2002 (87 points, $9)

Lush fruit and lavish oak blend seamlessly in this generous red, showing flavors of plum, blackberry, chocolate and spice. Well-integrated tannins give structure without getting in the way. Drink now through 2008. 10,000 cases made. Best Values. From Spai —Thomas Matthews

Apr. 28, 2004: GRANT BURGE Shiraz Barossa Barossa Vines 2001 (87 points, $10)

Ripe and spicy, thick with cherry, orange peel, dusky spice and toasty flavors, mingling nicely as the flavors sail through the finish. Drink now through 2006. 20,000 cases made. Best Values. From Australia. —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 27, 2004: CHATEAU ST. JEAN Chardonnay Sonoma County 2002 (88 points, $14)

A delicate, lively wine with refreshing peach, guava and tropical fruit flavors accented by a touch of hazelnut and spice. Drink now. 220,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From California. —James Laube

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