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Sep. 06, 1999: TAFT STREET Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley Cask Selection 1998 (88 points, $10)

Lemon-lime, grapefruit, melon and tangy acids make this California Sauvignon Blanc a delightful quaff, while also lending substance and structure. Finishes moderately, with a fresh, flinty edge. Drink now. 4,950 cases made.

Sep. 04, 1999: HOGUE Gewurztraminer Columbia Valley (86 points, $7)

Here's the perfect quaffer to get you through the last weekend of summer. Soft, bright and tasty, offering textbook Gewurztraminer flavors of apple and rose petal, with a hint of litchi on a fresh frame. Drink now. 8,588 cases made.

Sep. 02, 1999: VIU MANENT Malbec Colchagua Valley 1998 (87 points, $8)

Though Malbec seems to do best in Argentina, neighboring Chile can also produce some delicious bottlings of this relatively rare varietal. Beautifully displayed black cherry, cassis and mint mark this firmly structured, densely flavored red. It's vibrant

Aug. 31, 1999: WASHINGTON HILLS Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Varietal Select 1997 (86 points, $10)

Crisp and bright, with juicy blackberry and cherry flavors that keep glowing on the nicely balanced finish. Tannins are not intrusive. Drink now through 2003. 6,963 cases made.

Aug. 28, 1999: VINA SANTA CAROLINA Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Dallas Conte (88 points, $10)

Here's a solid, value-oriented bottling from Chile. A voluptuous red, with ripe fruit and lavish oak. The rich flavors range from plum to prune, chocolate to coffee, backed by firm, ripe tannins and echoing on a long, minty finish. Drink now through 2003.

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