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Oct. 03, 2002: CHATEAU SOUVERAIN Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1999 (89 points, $20)

Chateau Souverain is part of the large Beringer Blass portfolio, and it currently ranks as one of California's most consistent wineries. This '99 Cab is beautifully defined and richly flavored, showing ripe currant and black cherry, anise and sage, with h —James Laube

Sep. 26, 2002: FATTORIA DI FELSINA Chianti Classico Berardenga 2000 (89 points, $23)

One of Tuscany's top Chianti producers, Felsina has released a fine Berardenga from the '99 vintage. Beautiful aromas of crushed berries and dried flowers follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and an aftertaste of mineral, berry and —James Suckling

Sep. 25, 2002: FOPPIANO Petite Sirah Sonoma County 2000 (89 points, $23)

From one of the venerable California wineries comes another hearty Petite Sirah. The '00 is intensely tannic but also beautifully crafted, with a firm, tightly wound core of plum, loganberry, wild berry, floral and black cherry that picks up touches of ja —James Laube

Sep. 21, 2002: CAPEZZANA Carmignano Conte Contini Bonacossi 1999 (90 points, $20)

Here's some serious value in a big red. Intense aromas of reduced raspberries and cherries, with hints of red licorice. Full-bodied, with big, chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Slightly overextracted, but impressive. Give it time; this wine will give —James Suckling

Sep. 18, 2002: POLIZIANO Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1999 (89 points, $22)

Tuscany enjoyed fine harvests after the blockbuster '97, so don't overlook buys such as this Vino Nobile from Poliziano. Very pretty aromas of spices, berries and minerals herald this medium- to full-bodied Tuscan red, with firm, polished tannins and medi —James Suckling

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