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Jun. 14, 2003: CHATEAU LOS BOLDOS Cabernet Sauvignon Requínoa Tradition 2002 (86 points, $10)

This Chilean winery has quietly built a solid track record of performance with Old World-styled Cabernets and Merlots. This bottling offers nice black currant, mineral, loam and spice notes, with good focus, and taut tannins on the finish. Claret style, a —James Molesworth

Jun. 02, 2003: J. & F. LURTON Pinot Gris Uco Valley 2002 (85 points, $7)

Full-bodied Pinot Gris, with tangerine, peach and floral notes and a sweet, spicy edge to the finish. Drink now. 25,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Molesworth

May. 30, 2003: ZENATO Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2002 (87 points, $10)

Fabulous value here. This is superclean, with apple, honey and pineapple character. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a long finish. A beauty. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Suckling

May. 28, 2003: DOMAINE DE LA BRUNE Coteaux du Languedoc 2001 (87 points, $7)

A sleeping giant, France's Languedoc region is starting to crank out some fine values. This focused and fairly pure-tasting red offers a leathery aroma followed up berry and mineral flavors on a lively frame. Firm finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with con —Kim Marcus

May. 27, 2003: MOUNT EDEN Chardonnay Edna Valley West Slope Edna Ranch 2001 (91 points, $12)

Hard to beat this value in California Chardonnay. Remarkably complex and elegant, with a delicious range of flavors built around vibrant pear, nectarine, honeysuckle, creamy fig and light toasty-hazelnut scented oak. Turns sleek and vibrant, with a wonder —James Laube

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