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Oct. 17, 2002: TORTOISE CREEK Merlot-Cabernet Vin de Pays d'Oc Les Amoureux 2001 (85 points, $8)

This blend of Merlot and Cabernet from the south of France offers nice value. Well-rounded, with aromas and flavors of red plum, cherry and spice and a clean, crisp finish. Drink now. 14,000 cases made. Best Values. —Kim Marcus

Oct. 12, 2002: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley 2000 (89 points, $10)

Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle has this winery in top form these days, producing both outstanding high-end wines and fine values such as this Cabernet. It has an inviting nose of crushed raspberry, and dark chocolate follows through on the palate, with juic —James Molesworth

Oct. 05, 2002: VIÑA SAN PEDRO Chardonnay Lontué Valley Castillo de Molina Reserva 2001 (87 points, $10)

One of Chile's biggest wineries, San Pedro makes an ample supply of this solid Chardonnay. Bold, with toast, pear, spice and cream notes, this full-bodied Chardonnay is open-knit, tasty and will win lots of fans. A great deal from Chile. Drink now. 20,000 —James Molesworth

Oct. 01, 2002: BODEGAS ESCORIHUELA Malbec Mendoza Don Miguel Gascón 2001 (87 points, $10)

Winemaker Estella Perinetti cranks out some of Argentina's most consistent values from this Nicolás Catena-owned winery. This is a textbook Malbec, with brier, chocolate and dark plum flavors, fleshy texture and a smoky finish. A touch rustic in the end, —James Molesworth

Sep. 24, 2002: BARNARD GRIFFIN Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2001 (88 points, $12)

Here's a bright and juicy sipper from Washington that should be easy to track down. Has pretty apple and floral aromas and flavors, with the fruit echoing as the flavors get zesty on the finish. Nice choice at a nice price. Drink now through 2004. 9,743 c —Harvey Steiman

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