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Sep. 07, 2001: PINE RIDGE Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 2000 (87 points, $11)

This distinctive and compelling blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier is an ideal end of summer drink. It shows off the racy melon and citrus flavors of Chenin Blanc and the spicy, creamy pear flavors of Viognier. Drink now through 2003. 17,000 cases made. —James Laube

Sep. 06, 2001: FANTELLI Malbec 1999 (86 points, $9)

Malbec is quickly becoming Argentina's signature red grape. This offering has brier, raspberry and chocolate flavors running through its medium-bodied, burly frame. Slightly rustic finish, but still solid. Drink now through 2002. Tasted twice, with consis

Sep. 05, 2001: PEPPERWOOD GROVE Syrah California 1999 (87 points, $8)

The California Syrah is smooth and grapey, with black cherry, plum, beef, mocha flavors that last through a softly tannic finish. Hard to beat for the price. Drink now through 2003. Should be easy to find some of the 25,000 cases made.

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Sep. 03, 2001: PARINGA South Australia Individual Vineyard 1999 (88 points, $10)

Stylish stuff, solid and juicy, packed with lively blackberry, raspberry, chocolate and spice flavors that keep bouncing through the rich finish. Flavors linger enticingly. A much more serious wine than the price suggests. Drink now through 2010. 14,000 c

Aug. 31, 2001: DOMAINE DE BISCONTE Côtes du Roussillon 1999 (88 points, $8)

From the western part of France's Languedoc-Roussillon region comes this lively and nicely spiced red, with bright red cherry and grape flavors. Balanced, with good structure and firm tannins, and notes of cardamom on the finish. Drink now through 2003. 1 —Kim Marcus

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