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Jan. 17, 2002: FEUDI DI SAN GREGORIO Aglianico Irpinia Rubrato 1999 (87 points, $14)

Interesting aromas of plums, tea and flowers follow through to a medium-to full-bodied palate, with black pepper and cherry character, fine tannins and a ripe finish. Slightly short, but very good indeed. Best from 2002 through 2006. 8,350 cases made. —James Suckling

Jan. 12, 2002: TERREDORA Aglianico Irpinia 2000 (86 points, $13)

Here's a solid value from Italy's Campania region. This Aglianico shows lots of ripe fruit, with raisin, leather and black pepper character. Stylish, interesting young red. Drink with hearty food. Drink now. 6,500 cases made. —James Suckling

Jan. 11, 2002: VILLA MT. EDEN Chardonnay Monterey County Coastal 1999 (86 points, $10)

Stimson Lane (which owns Washington's Chateau Ste. Michelle) purchased this venerable California winery, known for its Chardonnays, in 1986. This value-priced offering is soft and fleshy, with supple fig, apricot, anise and smoky oak flavors. Well-priced, —James Laube

Jan. 10, 2002: VIÑA PORTA Merlot Aconcagua 2000 (86 points, $9)

This Chilean Merlot is polished, with currant, black cherry, smoke and mineral notes and a focused finish. With a touch more development, it'll be a solid drink, at a bargain price. Drink now through 2003. Best Buy.

For a complete look at the past —James Molesworth

Jan. 09, 2002: RENWOOD Syrah California Sierra Series 2000 (87 points, $12)

Looking for a solid red that's affordable too? This Syrah is firm, offering beef, spice, black cherry, currant and chocolate flavors, while tannins, toasty oak and herbal notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2005. 10,000 cases made. Best Buy.

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