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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

Dec. 21, 2002: BOGLE Chardonnay California 2001 (86 points, $9)

Chardonnay lovers should flock to this well-priced California bottling. Perfumed and fruity aromas of peach and nectarine, with floral notes, it's ripe and juicy, with vibrant fruit flavors. Excellent value. Drink now. 85,000 cases made. Best Values. —James Laube

Dec. 19, 2002: BODEGA NORTON Malbec Mendoza 2000 (87 points, $9)

Donald Hess' Bodega Norton is improving, as this value-priced Malbec shows. Modern in style, with vivid blueberry and black fruits, and a round, spicy finish. Nice succulent flesh to this. Drink now through 2003. 16,000 cases imported. Best Values.

—James Molesworth

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