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Nov. 07, 2003: FINCA ALLENDE Rioja 1999 (90 points, $20)

From Spain comes this elegant, vivid and sophisticated modern-styled Rioja, showing pure fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry, accented by vanilla from oak and kept lively by crisp acidity. Well-proportioned and well-integrated. Drink now through 201 —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 05, 2003: CHÂTEAU DE MONTGUÉRET Coteaux du Layon Le Petit St.-Louis 1990 (93 points, $25)

This late-release Chenin Blanc from the Loire's exceptional 1990 vintage is electric gold in color, with a burnished feel. Offers lemon cream, ginger, baked apple, green almond, mango and coconut notes that don't quit. The round, creamy finish delivers a —James Molesworth

Nov. 01, 2003: PASCAL JOLIVET Sancerre 2002 (90 points, $20)

The Loire enjoyed a fine harvest in 2002, and the Sauvignon Blancs from the eastern end of the region are very solid. There's lots to like here, with citrus peel, straw, mineral, lemon curd and peach notes. This bouncy Sancerre has length, vibrancy and ba —James Molesworth

Oct. 29, 2003: ANTINORI Vermentino Bolgheri Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2002 (88 points, $18)

Plenty of exotic fruit, with apple, lime and mineral character. Medium-bodied, with a crisp finish. One of my summer whites! Drink now. 15,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling

Oct. 20, 2003: CABREO Chardonnay Toscana La Pietra 2001 (88 points, $17)

Pretty apple, vanilla and mineral character, with a very fresh focus. Medium-bodied, with good acidity and a lovely, soft, delicious finish. Modern and attractive. 5,500 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Suckling

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