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Aug. 21, 2004: TAMARACK Firehouse Red Columbia Valley 2002 (91 points, $18)

Polished, focused and impressive for its pure currant and blackberry fruit, nicely shaded with hints of mineral and a whisper of red pepper. The flavors linger enticingly against fine, crisp tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. D —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 20, 2004: MIGUEL TORRES Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon Curicó Valley Santa Digna Reserva 2002 (87 points, $25)

Shows the leafy, tobacco notes of Carmenère, along with black cherry and currant fruit. Slightly firm toast and black pepper notes on the finish. Drink now through 2005. 5,500 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Aug. 17, 2004: CHALONE Pinot Noir Chalone 2002 (90 points, $25)

Silky, with a pretty array of black cherry, plum and raspberry-scented fruit that's deftly balanced, complex and elegantly styled, turning delicate and perfumed. Drink now through 2008. 11,800 cases made. Smart Buys. From California. —James Laube

Aug. 10, 2004: HENRI BOURGEOIS Pouilly-Fumé La Porte de L'Abbaye 2002 (92 points, $17)

This offers layers of streamlined flint, lime, lemon curd, smoke, green almond and dried herbs, all running through a long finish that never breaks stride. Drink now through 2008. 12,500 cases made. Smart Buys. From France. —James Molesworth

Jul. 30, 2004: SOOS CREEK Artist Series #1 Columbia Valley 2001 (92 points, $27)

Ripe and generous, with a gamy edge to the rich currant, plum and berry flavors, weaving a smoky note through the long, round finish. Impressive for its depth. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2006 through 2012. 600 c —Harvey Steiman

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