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Oct. 19, 2001: VIÑA SAN PEDRO Chardonnay Lontué Castillo de Molina Reserva 2000 (86 points, $10)

From one of Chile's largest producers comes this fine Chardonnay value. Has ripe pear, apple and toast flavors, with a round, juicy palate and finish. What Chardonnay lovers crave. Drink now. 20,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Molesworth

Oct. 16, 2001: COUSIÑO-MACUL Chardonnay Maipo Valley 2000 (85 points, $10)

This traditional Chilean producer doesn't offer a lot of bombastic fruit or new oak. It does provide subtle wines, such as this Chardonnay, which shows a smoky note weaving through the MacIntosh apple, honeysuckle and vanilla flavors. The round finish lin

Oct. 13, 2001: TORTOISE CREEK Merlot-Cabernet Vin de Pays d'Oc Les Amoureux 2000 (85 points, $8)

France's vast southern Pays d'Oc region can sometimes turn up terrific values. This Merlot-Cabernet blend is fresh-tasting, with nicely defined flavors of red plum, berry and ripe cherry, which linger with peppery notes on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 ca —Kim Marcus

Oct. 12, 2001: RAVAILLE FRÈRES Coteaux du Languedoc Ermitage du Pic St.-Loup 1999 (93 points, $13)

The Coteaux du Languedoc appellation -- and in particular the wines from the Pic St.-Loup part of the Coteaux -- offer some of the Languedoc's top reds. This is an elegant and high-powered red that caresses with lovely flavors of cherry, plum and spice. I —Kim Marcus

Oct. 10, 2001: INDIGO HILLS Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 1997 (87 points, $13)

This brand line from the Gallo of Sonoma winery tends to offer solid value. This Cabernet from the excellent '97 vintage has violet, underbrush and blackberry flavors that firm up on the finish. Not fleshy, but there's good focus to the flavors. Drink now

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