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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

Oct. 05, 2000: AVIGNONESI Chardonnay Toscana 1999 (85 points, $10)

There's plenty of lemon, lime and orange rind character in this Tuscan Chardonnay. Medium body. Fresh finish. Drink now. Well-priced and should be easy to find. 9,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Oct. 02, 2000: FETZER Zinfandel California Home Ranch 1997 (85 points, $9)

Fetzer is a winery known for producing value-oriented wines, and they've hit the mark again with this offering. Bright raspberry and blueberry flavors and toasty notes make this Zin a tasty choice. Its low price and drink-now style make it a savvy choice. —James Laube

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