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$15 to $30

Oct. 16, 1999: MONTES Cabernet Sauvignon Curico Valley Montes Alpha 1997 (88 points, $18)

This ripe, rich Chilean Cabernet marries concentrated flavors with voluptuous texture. It delivers plum, prune, dark chocolate and cola flavors, with ripe, full tannins and a clean, sweet finish. Drink now through 2004. 30,000 cases made.

Oct. 15, 1999: DOMAINE TEMPIER Bandol Cuvee Speciale La Tourtine 1996 (92 points, $28)

Made from mostly Mourvedre, this Provençal red is from one of the region's top wineries. The '96 La Tourtine is a gorgeous and powerful red, with loads of ripe plum, berry and chocolate flavors and layers of deliciously rich spice elements like cardamon

Oct. 14, 1999: CONCHA Y TORO Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Puente Alto Vineyard Don Melchor Private Reserve (90 points, $27)

While other Chilean wineries are now producing luxury cuvees that top $50 a bottle, the granddaddy of them all, Concha y Toro's Don Melchor, is still holding the line on pricing while also offering an outstanding wine. Ripe flavors of plum, prune, coffee

Oct. 12, 1999: FINCA ALLENDE Rioja 1996 (90 points, $17)

Lush and deep, with ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and cassis, rich notes of chocolate and toast from new oak, and a muscular structure that remains balanced and approachable through the long, spicy finish. A fine example of modern Rioja. Drink now thro

Oct. 06, 1999: WOLFBERGER Riesling Alsace Cuvee des Seigneurs 1995 (90 points, $20)

Aromas and flavors of forest floor, mineral and lanolin are allied to a sleek, steel-plated structure. Dry, rich and intense, this Riesling combines freshness and some mature elements; it should develop nicely. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Drink n

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