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$15 to $30

Dec. 03, 2002: PACIFIC ECHO Brut Mendocino County NV NV (89 points, $19)

Here's a fine buy in sparkling wine in time for the holidays, from the company that used to be known as Scharffenberger. Ripe and round, intense and concentrated, with floral, vanilla, spicy apple and toast overtones that linger with mocha notes in a live —James Laube

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

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