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Oct. 05, 2001: DOMAINE DE LA JANASSE Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999 (93 points, $30)

The ripe and opulent 1998 vintage got a lot of play in the southern Rhône, and rightfully so. Now here come the '99's, and they also look to be superb, though in a more structured and racy way. This '99 from Janasse is like a garden in bloom, as the flor —Per-Henrik Mansson

Sep. 29, 2001: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 1998 (90 points, $29)

From a vineyard with a track record for quality comes this outstanding Washington Cabernet. Ripe and focused Cabernet, generous with its supple currant and delicate herb flavors, which echo nicely on the open-textured finish. The tannins are soft and hard —Bruce Sanderson

Sep. 08, 2001: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE-DR. LOOSEN Riesling Columbia Valley Eroica 2000 (91 points, $20)

This joint venture has scored outstanding again, and looks to be one of the top New World Rieslings being made today. Zingy, juicy and flavorful. A beautifully packaged cascade of apple, pineapple, apricot and mineral flavors that just don't quit, echoing —Harvey Steiman

Sep. 01, 2001: ALAIN GRAILLOT Crozes-Hermitage 1999 (93 points, $19)

One of the appellation's top producers, Alain Graillot has turned out another outstanding Crozes in '99. Gorgeous. Black in color, supple in texture, rich and thick, with lots of pure black and red fruit aromas jumping out of the glass. Full-bodied, with —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 30, 2001: BRANCOTT Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Reserve 2000 (90 points, $17)

Here's another outstanding Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc that won't break the bank. Supple in texture and lively in flavor, this elegant white shows minty lime, apple and passion fruit flavors that linger through the finish. D —Harvey Steiman

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