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Oct. 14, 2004: ARTESA Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley Reserve 2002 (90 points, $20)

A markedly rich, creamy and complex Sauvignon, with concentrated citrus, lemon, herb and tangerine flavors that pick up a tasty hint of sage and lemongrass on the finish. Lively acidity keeps the flavor clean and vibrant. Drink now through 2007. 3,534 cas —James Laube

Oct. 13, 2004: DOMAINE LAPORTE Sancerre Domaine du Rochoy 2002 (90 points, $21)

Bracing, with chalk, flint and lime notes that won't quit. Good richness on the midpalate before the finish returns to being taut. Begs for food. Drink now through 2005. 4,905 cases made. Smart Buys. From France. —James Molesworth

Oct. 06, 2004: CARM Douro Reserva 2001 (89 points, $17)

Ripe and round, with bing cherry, red plum and an alluring gun metal note. Flavors linger with spice and cigar box notes on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 3,500 cases made. Smart Buys. From Portugal. —Kim Marcus

Oct. 05, 2004: ANTINORI Chianti Classico Tenute Marchese Antinori Riserva 2001 (91 points, $29)

A beautifully balanced CC, with dense raspberry, blackberry and spicy chocolate notes. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a long, minerally finish. Fantastic. A better buy than the Tignanello this year. To be released fall 2005 —James Suckling

Oct. 01, 2004: PASCAL JOLIVET Sancerre Château du Nozay 2002 (92 points, $24)

Terrific Sancerre, this just crackles with gooseberry, lemon peel, flint and wet stone notes. It's rich and powerful for the appellation, yet long and balanced, with a mouthwatering finish that keeps pumping flavors. Drink now through 2006. 800 cases impo —James Molesworth

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