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Aug. 18, 2003: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Syrah Rapel Valley Cuvée Alexandre 2001 (91 points, $20)

Syrah shows real promise in Chile, and there's lovely purity in this bottling, with expressive violet, cassis, blackberry, licorice and mineral notes and a focused, even racy texture. Has some toasty muscle to shed before it blossoms fully, but this is ri —James Molesworth

Aug. 12, 2003: D'ARENBERG Shiraz McLaren Vale The Footbolt 2001 (90 points, $18)

This Australian Shiraz is bright and jazzy, with yummy blackberry, cherry and subtle touches of anise and pepper weaving through the lively, long finish. Drink now through 2010. 5,000 cases imported. Smart Buys. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 01, 2003: PAUL COULON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Beaurenard 2001 (94 points, $27)

From the Rhône comes this blockbuster. Both modern and traditional, a full-bodied red that bridges the past and the present, this is packed with Turkish Delight dessert, ripe and sweet fruit and lush tannins, with lots of spicy, smoky character and a rou —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jul. 28, 2003: VOYAGER ESTATE Chardonnay Margaret River 2001 (92 points, $23)

This Aussie Chardonnay is rich and generous, spicy with oak but bursting with ripe melon and apricot fruit, coming together into a round, polished whole that lasts beautifully on the harmonious finish, balanced with grapefruit and lime as the flavors echo —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 25, 2003: NINTH ISLAND Pinot Noir Tasmania 2002 (90 points, $15)

Tasmania provides a cool spot in Australia for some potentially interesting Pinot Noir production. This bottling is lovely stuff, bright and polished, a refined Pinot Noir brimming with berry, cherry and subtle mineral and spice flavors, all lingering eff —Harvey Steiman

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