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Nov. 01, 2001: BODEGAS ESCORIHUELA Malbec Mendoza Don Miguel Gascón 2000 (88 points, $10)

This winery, owned by Argentina's Nicolás Catena, has made a name for itself with its consistently excellent values. This latest Malbec release, from winemaker Estella Perinetti, is sweet, fleshy and succulent, with blackberry, blueberry and bramble note —James Molesworth

Oct. 30, 2001: BODEGAS PIQUERAS Almansa Castillo de Almansa Reserva 1995 (85 points, $10)

The Spanish red still has stuffing despite its age. Plum, chocolate and light game flavors show depth in this round red. Has enough grip and freshness for food. Made from a bend of Cencibel (Tempranillo) and Monastrell (Mourvèdre). Drink now through 2003 —Thomas Matthews

Oct. 29, 2001: VIÑA MONTES Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Reserve 1999 (86 points, $10)

Viña Montes is one of Chile's most consistent producers -- both for value priced offerings and high-end bottlings. Ripe berry and currant fruit, with smoke and mineral notes and a firm, focused finish. Should flesh out a bit short-term. Drink now through —James Molesworth

Oct. 27, 2001: RAMOS-PINTO Douro Duas Quintas 1998 (88 points, $11)

The Douro region of Portugal is famous for producing Port, but it also provides some interesting dry red wines as well. This wine from Ramos-Pinto is rich and concentrated, with plum, leather and spice flavors. Inky and full-bodied, with intense coffee an —Kim Marcus

Oct. 26, 2001: KENDALL-JACKSON Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz California Collage 2000 (86 points, $9)

This blend from one of California's best-known wineries is lively and intense, with black cherry, plum and currant nuances, highlighted by round tannin and caramel oak tones. Drink now through 2005. 205,000 cases made. Best Buy.

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