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$15 to $30

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

Oct. 04, 1999: MOUNT VEEDER Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1996 (91 points, $30)

Wonderful richness, depth and complexity, with layers of earthy currant, mushroom, cedar, clay, tar and leather. It's a big, chewy, rustic style that needs short-term cellaring. Best from 2001 through 2009. 10,000 cases made.

Sep. 25, 1999: MUMM CUVEE NAPA Brut Napa Valley Prestige NV (88 points, $15)

This California sparkling wine is quite a value at this price and score. It's bright and tangy, with a core of lemon and lime flavors that fan out on the palate to yield a toasty, fresh finish with hints of apple and pear. Drink now. 180,000 cases made.

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