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Sep. 25, 2001: LAS VIÑAS DE LA CALINA Carmenère Maule Valley Reserve 2000 (85 points, $8)

Carmenère is a grape that Chile is quickly turning into its own. This version from Calina delivers quite a bit of toasty character, along with medium-weight dark plum fruit and a hint of the grape's peppery, tobacco leaf side on the fleshy finish. Nice r

Sep. 24, 2001: J. & F. LURTON Malbec Mendoza Reserva 1999 (87 points, $9)

Malbec has become Argentina's signature red grape, and here's a brawny version that's not only affordable by the case, but a solid introduction to the grape. It just needs a little time to round out, as it's ripe and chewy, with bramble, smoke, bitterswee

Sep. 21, 2001: CAPE INDABA Pinotage Western Cape 2000 (85 points, $10)

Pinotage is a grape made from a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, and is South Africa's signature red. This value priced offering delivers clean, fresh, medium-weight berry flavor, with hints of game and pepper on the hearty finish. This good BBQ wine com

Sep. 18, 2001: GEORGES DUBOEUF Morgon Grande Cuvée Flower Label 2000 (89 points, $12)

Beaujolais also enjoyed a superb vintage in 2000, so skip the Bordeaux futures hype and grab some of this delicious stuff. Bursts with chocolate-covered black cherries, real griottes, and a firm, fleshy palate, while the dark and alluring finish s

Sep. 17, 2001: BOGLE Merlot California 1999 (84 points, $10)

This California Merlot is as easy and pleasant on the palate as it is on the budget, with good depth to raspberry, herb and currant flavors nicely highlighted by modest tannin. Drink now through 2003. 80,000 cases made. Best Buy.

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