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Jan. 16, 2003: JEAN-MARC BROCARD Sauvignon de St.-Bris Domaine Ste.-Claire 2000 (87 points, $11)

One of the few white Burgundies not made from Chardonnay, this Sauvignon is made near Chablis. It offers aromas and flavors of gooseberry and melon with a fresh, brisk palate. Firmly structured and focused, it tails off on the finish, but will make a tast —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 10, 2003: LAS VIÑAS DE LA CALINA Carmenère Maule Valley Reserve 2001 (86 points, $8)

Here's a good introduction to Chile's Carmenère grape. Pretty plum and black cherry fruit, with some sweet vanilla, and a dash of the grape's peppery side. Medium-weight, fleshy finish. Nicely done. Drink now. 16,400 cases made. Best Values.

For a —James Molesworth

Jan. 08, 2003: MERIDIAN Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2001 (87 points, $11)

Here's a bright and lively California Chardonnay that's easy on the wallet. This offers citrus and lemon-lime flavors that pick up ripe apple and pear shadings on the finish. Drink now through 2006. 600,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube

Jan. 03, 2003: LUIS FELIPE EDWARDS Shiraz Colchagua 2001 (85 points, $8)

From Chile comes this tasty, chunky Syrah, with blackberry and sweet toast flavors, and a briery finish. For hearty fall fare. Drink now through 2004. 12,000 cases made. Best Values.

For a complete look at the wines from Chile, don't miss our repor —James Molesworth

Dec. 24, 2002: FAMILIA RUTINI Malbec Vistalba Trumpeter 2001 (87 points, $9)

Owned by Nicolás Catena, this Argentinean winery produces solid values. This Malbec is ripe and juicy, with pretty spicecake, coffee and cocoa notes, and a healthy dose of blackberry fruit. Sweet, smoky finish. Very tasty. Drink now through 2004. 8,000 c —James Molesworth

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