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Dec. 18, 2001: PEPPERWOOD GROVE Merlot California 1999 (85 points, $8)

Here's an excellent value for California Merlot fans. Jammy and round, with black cherry, chocolate, spice and subtle black licorice flavors, underscored by modest tannins. Drink now through 2006. 100,000 cases made. Best Buy.

Dec. 15, 2001: KENWOOD Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2000 (87 points, $12)

Founded in 1970, Kenwood has shown steady progress in both quality and quantity through the years. The Sauvignon Blanc has historically been one of the winery's best offerings. The '00 is crisp and intense, with lively passion fruit, citrus, grass and flo

Dec. 13, 2001: GOUNDREY Chardonnay Western Australia Unwooded 2000 (88 points, $10)

Here's a great buy on a favorite variety. Bright, open and beguiling for its gorgeous nectarine, pineapple and cream flavors, all of which linger effortlessly on the airy, elegant finish. Drink now through 2004. Should be easy to find some of the 25,000 c —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 11, 2001: BOGLE Petite Sirah California 1999 (88 points, $11)

This Petite Sirah (no relation to the Syrah grape) from Bogle is a very nice red, concentrated and ripe, with chunky flavors of dried blueberry, black cherry, raspberry and pepper. A lot of wine for the money, and availability should be good. Drink now th

Dec. 10, 2001: BRAMPTON Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch 2001 (89 points, $10)

At their best, South African Sauvignons can give New Zealand a real run for their money. This one from Brampton is rich and tropical in style, with fig and kiwi notes, and a lush, herb- and mineral-tinged finish. This will have lots of fans, especially at —James Molesworth

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