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Aug. 30, 2002: ODFJELL Carmenère Central Valley Armador 2001 (86 points, $12)

Here's another solid Chilean red made from a grape that is becoming a bit of a signature for the region. Medium-weight plum and bell pepper notes, with some sweet smoke on the finish. Nice mouthfeel. A solid introduction to the Carmenère grape. Drink now —James Molesworth

Aug. 27, 2002: TYRRELL'S Shiraz South Eastern Australia The Long Flat Vineyard 2001 (85 points, $9)

A solid buy that should be easy to find, this Shiraz is soft and round, with pretty blackberry and floral aromas and flavors that echo nicely on a polished finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 26, 2002: CONCHA Y TORO Carmenère Rapel Valley Casillero del Diablo 2001 (85 points, $10)

Carmenère is a grape unique to Chile, and where it's bottled on its own more and more. This version shows the grape's characteristic pepper and plum profile, with a fleshy mouthfeel and smoky finish. Drink now. 8,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Molesworth

Aug. 24, 2002: RAVENSWOOD Zinfandel California Vintners Blend 2000 (86 points, $11)

Here's a fine value from a California winery with a long track record with Zinfandel. Chewy, with concentrated dried wild berry, dried raspberry and strawberry jam flavors. Pretty vanilla tones linger, along with modest tannins and a slight metallic note.

Aug. 23, 2002: DI MAJO NORANTE Falanghina Molise 2000 (86 points, $10)

Very perfumed aromas, with lots of freshly sliced lime. Medium-bodied, with good fruit and a delicious almond and honey aftertaste. Good buy in Italian whites. From a region north of Campania. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Suckling

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