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Nov. 22, 2002: E. GUIGAL Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999 (93 points, $30)

From one of the Rhône's most consistent producers comes this outstanding Châteauneuf. Distinctive, with plenty of wild mushrooms, wet earth, game and leather. This is not a fruit bomb; it has its chewy tannins. But underneath is wonderful sweet fruit, a —Per-Henrik Mansson

Nov. 18, 2002: TRIMBACH Gewürztraminer Alsace 2000 (89 points, $17)

Try this Alsace Gewürz as a match with hearty holiday fare. On the dry side and focused, exhibiting nectarine, spice and grapefruit peel flavors on a medium-bodied profile, picking up white pepper accents on the finish. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Sma —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 04, 2002: RUST EN VREDE Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 1999 (89 points, $20)

Jean Engelbrecht has this South African estate in top form. Not a blockbuster, this Cabernet is really focused, with winy currant, sanguine, herb and mineral notes, and elegant tannins framing the finish. Has length and poise, with a mouthwatering finish —James Molesworth

Oct. 31, 2002: BARTON & GUESTIER Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2000 (89 points, $20)

The Rhône has enjoyed a trio of fine vintages recently, from '98 through '00. This '00 Châteauneuf should provide a nice introduction to the region's wines. Clean and measured, this balanced, traditional red is reserved on the nose, delivering some mine —Per-Henrik Mansson

Oct. 30, 2002: ARTESA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999 (92 points, $30)

Smooth, rich and elegant. This is a supple, deeply flavored, harmonious wine, with focused currant, cassis and blackberry fruit that's pure and succulent, finishing with ripe, well-integrated tannins and a burst of fruit. Drink now through 2012. Tasted tw —James Laube

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