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$15 to $30

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

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

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