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$15 to $30

Feb. 22, 2003: ZACA MESA Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 2000 (88 points, $20)

Intense black cherry, beef, spice and herb tones have firm, stylish tannins and bracing acidity. Concentration lingers, along with toasty oak, in a ripe, flavorful finish. Drink now through 2008. 5,446 cases made. —James Laube

Feb. 21, 2003: DR. LOOSEN Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Bernkasteler Lay 2001 (92 points, $17)

Germany's '01 Rieslings offer terrific quality and value, as this Mosel Kabinett shows. Brilliant and snappy, here's a mouthful of tangy mandarin orange, lime and mineral against a transparent backdrop, all supported by vibrant acidity. With wonderful har —Bruce Sanderson

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

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