daily wine picks

$15 to $30

Aug. 23, 2003: QUINTA DO CRASTO Douro Reserva 2000 (92 points, $27)

This unctuous Portuguese red has an alluring aroma of smoke and spice and lovely dark plum, boysenberry and dark cherry flavors that are firmed up by crisp acidity and notes of cigar box, mineral and spice, which intensify on the long finish. Drink now th —Kim Marcus

Aug. 21, 2003: J. & F. LURTON Toro Barricas El Albar 2000 (89 points, $15)

From Spain comes this rich, dark and alluring red. It shows lavish oak, with chocolate and toasty flavors enrobing black cherry and cassis flavors on a generous frame. For fans of oak. Best from 2004 through 2009. 5,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —Thomas Matthews

Aug. 18, 2003: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Syrah Rapel Valley Cuvée Alexandre 2001 (91 points, $20)

Syrah shows real promise in Chile, and there's lovely purity in this bottling, with expressive violet, cassis, blackberry, licorice and mineral notes and a focused, even racy texture. Has some toasty muscle to shed before it blossoms fully, but this is ri —James Molesworth

Aug. 12, 2003: D'ARENBERG Shiraz McLaren Vale The Footbolt 2001 (90 points, $18)

This Australian Shiraz is bright and jazzy, with yummy blackberry, cherry and subtle touches of anise and pepper weaving through the lively, long finish. Drink now through 2010. 5,000 cases imported. Smart Buys. —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 01, 2003: PAUL COULON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Beaurenard 2001 (94 points, $27)

From the Rhône comes this blockbuster. Both modern and traditional, a full-bodied red that bridges the past and the present, this is packed with Turkish Delight dessert, ripe and sweet fruit and lush tannins, with lots of spicy, smoky character and a rou —Per-Henrik Mansson

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