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Oct. 25, 2000: ERIK BANTI Toscana Carato 1998 (87 points, $10)

Here's a Tuscan red that's made with plenty of new wood, with a good core of ripe cherry. Medium body. Soft tannins. Fresh finish. Excellent value. Best from 2001 through 2003. 7,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Oct. 12, 2000: MADDALENA Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 1997 (88 points, $10)

This California Cabernet is worth the money. Marked by herb, red currant, coffee and mocha flavors that gain momentum, carrying through the solid tannins of the finish. Drink now through 2006. 10,000 cases made. —James Laube

Oct. 11, 2000: MONTES Cabernet Sauvignon Curicó Valley Reserve 1998 (86 points, $10)

Here's another winning value from winemaker Aurelio Montes. This Chilean Cabernet shows dark plum and cassis aromas and flavors, with a touch of smoky bacon-fat as well. Chewy and muscular, with a briery note throughout. Drink now through 2001. 11,000 cas —James Molesworth

Oct. 09, 2000: CASTELLO BANFI Toscana Centine (85 points, $11)

Aromas of mushrooms and berries follow through to a medium-bodied palate with velvety tannins and a light finish. A no-nonsense, good-value Tuscan red. Drink now. 65,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Oct. 07, 2000: MIGUEL TORRES Cabernet Sauvignon Curicó Santa Digna (85 points, $9)

From the Torres family of Spain's Penedès region comes this Chilean Cabernet. Packed with dark, winy raspberry and cassis fruit, this medium-bodied Cab is a touch on the sweet, New World side of the spectrum, but shows good weight, concentration and bala —James Molesworth

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