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$15 to $30

Jul. 20, 1999: SMITH WOODHOUSE Late Bottled Port Traditional Unfiltered (86 points, $26)

A mellow and gentle LBV, with cherry, berry and blackberry character. Medium-bodied and medium sweet, with silky tannins and a sweet berry aftertaste. A traditional LBV at its peak. Drink now.

Jul. 17, 1999: J.P. VINHOS Cabernet Sauvignon Terras do Sado Quinta da Bacalhoa 1996 (86 points, $16)

From Portugal comes this solid value in dry red wine -- and it's from a grape that's well known to American consumers. Very aromatic, though not typical of Cabernet Sauvignon, displaying sweet, plummy flavors accented with sandalwood and vanilla, all supp

Jul. 13, 1999: PRUNOTTO Dolcetto d\'Alba 1998 (88 points, $16)

What Dolcetto should be: fresh and lovely, with pure fruit in a lively but balanced package. This medium-bodied Italian red is full of pretty raspberry, black cherry and floral notes, with sweet tannins. A Piedmont red that's perfect for summer barbecue f

Jul. 12, 1999: LINCOURT Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 1997 (92 points, $16)

A deep and concentrated wine, in an opulent style, with layers of rich fig, apricot, pear, spice and nectarine. Long and tasty, it's a very attractive Chardonnay from California's southern end. Drink now through 2002. 2,600 cases made.

Jul. 02, 1999: OSBORNE Late Bottled Port 1994 (90 points, $15)

Here's an excellent alternative to vintage Port. This LBV is rich and concentrated, with fresh berry, cherry and plum character. It's full-bodied and medium-sweet, with a long, sweet fruit finish. Outstanding for this producer. Better in 2001 but who can

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