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Dec. 31, 2002: ROSEMOUNT Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre McLaren Vale-Barossa Valley GSM 2000 (91 points, $30)

From a well-known Australian winery comes this mouthfilling red made from a blend of three grapes. Ripe, round and distinctive for its aromatic and flavor profile, offering spicy, floral blackberry, raspberry and plum fruit at the center, finishing with m —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 30, 2002: REICHSGRAF VON KESSELSTATT Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Kaseler Nies'chen 2001 (92 points, $24)

The '01 German vintage favored Spätlese level ripeness, and this bottling from Kesselstatt is worth tracking down. Delicious, it's simply bursting with apricot, passion fruit and slate aromas and flavors all matched to a seamless texture and lively, eleg —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 26, 2002: CERETTO Moscato d'Asti I Vignaioli di Santo Stefano 2001 (88 points, $20)

Looking for a fun sparkler for the holidays? Try this subtle and delicious Moscato from Piedmont, which offers apple, melon and pear character. Medium-bodied, it fills your mouth with fine bubbles and loads of fruit. Medium-sweet finish. What Moscato d'As —James Suckling

Dec. 20, 2002: JEAN-MARC BROCARD Chablis Fourchaume 2000 (93 points, $26)

Here's another fine '00 Chablis that melts in the mouth. Beautiful integration and balance in this plush Chablis, yet it still expresses the apple, lemon and mineral notes typical of the appellation. Backed by a firm, lively structure, this ends with a ba —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 18, 2002: BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Chardonnay Mendoza Catena Agrelo Vineyards 2001 (90 points, $20)

Nicolás Catena leads the way in Argentina, with a rare combination of both quality and quantity. Lovely purity and balance here, with ripe flavors of fig and pear backed up by floral and toast notes that are harmonious through the finish. Juicy texture k —James Molesworth

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