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Oct. 16, 2004: FAMILIA RUTINI Chardonnay Tupungato Felipe Rutini 2002 (89 points, $16)

This offers bold aromas of pineapple, cherimoya and toast, followed by notes of hazelnut, honey, pear and fig. Despite all its plump, tropical notes, it has fine, minerally acidity driving its finish. Delicious. Drink now through 2005. 1,000 cases importe —James Molesworth

Oct. 15, 2004: SEBASTIANI Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2001 (89 points, $17)

An excellent value. Ripe, opulent, rich and fleshy, with creamy vanilla-scented oak, cookie dough, black currant and blackberry flavors that are well-focused, balanced and showing fine-grained tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 47,500 cases ma —James Laube

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

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