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Sep. 30, 2003: EXCELSIOR Cabernet Sauvignon Robertson 2002 (87 points, $8)

Juicy and fresh, with blackberry and cassis fruit, sweet smoke, and a chocolaty finish. Moderate in scope, but really quite tasty. Heck of a value. Drink now. 60,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

Sep. 23, 2003: COLUMBIA CREST Merlot Columbia Valley Two Vines 2000 (86 points, $8)

From Washington state comes this value Merlot. Soft, supple and generous with its currant, cherry and floral flavors, finishing with a spicy touch. Drink now. 175,000 cases made. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman

Sep. 19, 2003: PARINGA Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia 2002 (88 points, $10)

This Australian Cabernet is dark, deep and remarkably rich, with lots of berry and currant fruit on a supple texture, finishing with a touch of mint. Drink now through 2005. 20,000 cases imported. Best Values. —Harvey Steiman

Sep. 15, 2003: GEORGES DUBOEUF Beaujolais-Villages Château de Varennes 2002 (85 points, $9)

After a tough '01 vintage, the Beaujolais region came back with a strong '02 harvest. The wines are ripe and have an extra bit of grip and structure to them. From the region's best-known producer comes this ripe and bouncy offering, with black cherry, plu —James Molesworth

Sep. 10, 2003: BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Chardonnay Mendoza Alamos 2002 (86 points, $11)

This value-priced line from Argentina's foremost producer is a great buy and should be easy to find. Focused, with ripe pear and fig fruit, and well-rounded toast notes. Fresh finish and good mouthfeel too. Drink now. 40,500 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

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