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Oct. 20, 1999: MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES Rioja White 1998 (84 points, $6)

From the rarely seen (outside of Spain) Viura grape, comes this white Rioja. Floral and vanilla notes give this wine an appealing hint of sweetness and a pillowy-soft texture, though there's enough citrusy acidity to keep it balanced. A nice aperitif. Dri

Oct. 11, 1999: BODEGAS OSBORNE Oloroso Jerez Medium 10RF NV (91 points, $14)

Looking for something different? Try this Sherry as an aperitif at your next dinner party alongside olives and salted almonds. Sweet, round and full of caramel flavor, yet there's plenty of structure and zingy acidity to offset the initial sweetness, leav

Oct. 09, 1999: HUGEL Alsace Gentil (84 points, $10)

Firm, well-defined and spicy, this has a rich texture midpalate and straightfroward citrus and peach flavors. Made from a blend of several grapes, including Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc. Drink now through 2000. 38,000 cases made.

Oct. 08, 1999: MONTES Sauvignon Blanc Curico Valley Fumé Blanc 1998 (86 points, $9)

Apple and citrus flavors are crisp and expressive in this focused Chilean white, with steely acidity and a pleasant earthy note. A clean, bold wine for assertive dishes. Drink now. 15,000 cases made.

Oct. 05, 1999: BODEGAS MONTECILLO Rioja Vina Cumbrero Crianza 1996 (85 points, $10)

This lean red has good grip and a core of cherry; the dominant flavors are earthy, herbal and smoky, and a it's bit dry. The finish is long and clean, though, and the wine should go well with grilled foods. Drink now through 2003. 200,000 cases made.

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