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Feb. 17, 2003: BODEGAS SALENTEIN Malbec Mendoza 2001 (88 points, $18)

Here's a solid Malbec that shows Argentina's strength. Juicy and ripe, with blackberry, chocolate and brier flavors, and a rich, smoky finish. Very solid. Drink now through 2004. 10,000 cases made.

For a complete look at the wines of Argentina, chec —James Molesworth

Feb. 11, 2003: BODEGAS SALENTEIN Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2001 (86 points, $18)

Former Trapiche owner Carlos Pulenta has started his own winery, and the initial results are promising. This Cabernet is ripe, with brier and currant flavors, and a healthy dose of sweet toast. A touch rustic, but there's enough fruit here to warrant shor —James Molesworth

Feb. 04, 2003: JEAN-CLAUDE CHATELAIN Sancerre Sélection 2001 (88 points, $18)

This Sauvignon Blanc from France's Loire Valley is bright and tangy, with lime, lemon zest and herb notes, and a juicy texture. Lively finish. A textbook Sancerre. Drink now. 900 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Jan. 31, 2003: CHAMPALOU Vouvray La Cuvée des Fondraux 2001 (89 points, $17)

Often overlooked, the Chenin Blanc wines of France's Loire Valley can offer unique flavors at friendly prices. This Vouvray has lovely almond, quince and fig flavors mingling in a bright, medium-bodied package, with a lingering note of honey. Just off-dry —James Molesworth

Jan. 30, 2003: SELBACH-OSTER Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Schlossberg 2001 (90 points, $19)

A live-wire Riesling, whose apple, peach and mineral flavors are etched onto the steely structure. An amazing amount of flavor packed into a lightweight frame. Hedonists beware: This is for fans of acidity. Drink now through 2012.

For a complete l —Bruce Sanderson

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