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$15 to $30

Sep. 29, 2004: CONCHA Y TORO Merlot Peumo Marqués de Casa Concha 2002 (89 points, $15)

Fleshy and ripe, with plum and black currant fruit offset by nice cocoa powder and mineral notes. Hint of loam as well. Drink now through 2006. 10,000 cases imported. Smart Buys. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Sep. 28, 2004: NOVY Syrah Napa Valley 2002 (92 points, $23)

A brilliant Syrah, ripe, rich and concentrated, offering a dazzling array of blackberry, wild berry and loganberry flavors that are focused and complex, picking up tar, raspberry, sage and herbal notes along the way. Finishes with a burst of ripe fruit an —James Laube

Sep. 17, 2004: GEORGES DUBOEUF Fleurie Domaine des Quatre Vents 2003 (89 points, $16)

Shows the vintage's typically lush black cherry and boysenberry fruit backed up by spice, mineral and tar hints on the fleshy finish. Has a touch more grip than is common for the vintage too. Drink now through 2005. 8,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Fr —James Molesworth

Sep. 16, 2004: CHATEAU ST. JEAN Merlot Sonoma County 2001 (90 points, $25)

An impressive wine that is deliciously complex, with layers of ripe, juicy plum and blackberry fruit that is rich and elegant, with a pretty overlay of smoky, vanilla-laced oak and hints of herb and olive. Finishes with rich, fleshy texture and a gush of —James Laube

Sep. 15, 2004: VALENTÍN BIANCHI Cabernet Sauvignon San Rafael Famiglia 2002 (91 points, $18)

The lush cassis and raspberry fruit is surrounded by cocoa, spice and toast notes. The fruit really pumps through the finish, offset by a mineral note that adds further dimension. Elegant, and well put together. Drink now through 2008. 6,000 cases made. S —James Molesworth

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