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$15 to $30

Nov. 27, 2002: CONDADO DE HAZA Ribera del Duero 2000 (89 points, $20)

This balanced Spanish red from Pesquera's Alejandro Fernandez marries sweet, toasty oak with ripe plum and blackberry flavors in a muscular yet luscious texture. The long finish echoes with black fruit and spices. Best from 2003 through 2010. 60,000 cases —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 25, 2002: COPPO Barbera d'Asti Camp du Rouss 2000 (89 points, $16)

Piedmont isn't all about expensive Barolos and Barbarescos -— just track down some of this tasty Barbera. Rich damson, grilled steak and mushroom aromas follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with well-balanced acidity and a fresh, fruity an —James Suckling

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

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