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Nov. 28, 2001: CHÂTEAU DE ST.-COSME Côtes du Rhône 2000 (88 points, $12)

Like a spoonful of chocolate pudding. Thick, rich and delicious, this is a caressing wine, with sweet tannins offering plenty of fruit, harmony and full-bodied texture. Not a serious red, but long, fruity and delectable -- and look at the price! Drink now —Per-Henrik Mansson

Nov. 15, 2001: TYRRELL'S Shiraz South Australia The Long Flat Vineyard 2000 (86 points, $8)

This family owned winery uses their Long Flat vineyard to produce this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Malbec. Supple and cushiony, with pretty plum and berry flavors and a round frame, echoing softly on the finish. Drink now through 2003. 40,000 —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 12, 2001: TATACHILLA Shiraz South Australia Breakneck Creek 2000 (87 points, $10)

Here's an Australian Shiraz ideal for fall drinking at an easy-going price. Smooth and polished, with pretty plum and currant flavors, picking up a lovely strawberry note on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2005. 35,000 cases made. Best Buy. —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 09, 2001: FATTORIA DI BASCIANO Chianti Rufina 1999 (87 points, $11)

Here's an interesting, medium-bodied red, with earthy and smoky plum and berry character upfront, followed by a mineral, almost salty aftertaste. Firm backbone. Needs good, hearty Tuscan food. Good value. Best after 2002. 10,000 cases made. Best Buy. —James Suckling

Nov. 07, 2001: BODEGAS MARTINEZ BUJANDA Rioja Conde de Valdemar Crianzana 1998 (86 points, $10)

Toasty oak notes add interest to the plum and tobacco flavors in this chunky Rioja. Ripe tannins give it the structure to match with food. Drink now through 2004. 75,000 cases made. Best Buy.

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