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Aug. 14, 2001: BELLE PÈRE & FILS Crozes-Hermitage Les Pierrelles 1999 (92 points, $19)

While perhaps not as well-known an appellation as Côte-Rôtie or Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage can nonetheless produce terrific Syrah. This '99 from Belle is ultrathick and concentrated; the liquid hangs on to the insi —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 11, 2001: PENFOLDS Shiraz Coonawarra Bin 128 1998 (90 points, $22)

From a winery that needs little introduction comes another outstanding Shiraz. Rich flavors of dark berry and cherry balance against a wiry backbone of fine tannins and acidity, gaining momentum on the finish. Impressive for its intensity and elegance. Dr —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 07, 2001: LA CHABLISIENNE Chablis Premier Cru (92 points, $24)

Despite a wide array of wines, La Chablisienne showed remarkable consistency in '99. This premier cru Chablis is amazing. A beautiful white, tightly structured and very refined, expanding its mineral base to encompass some vanilla, ripe fruit, honey and s —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 02, 2001: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 1999 (93 points, $28)

This Washington Chardonnay is vibrant, juicy and beautifully focused. Shows off its creamy pear, tangy citrus and generous pineapple aromas and flavors, which linger effortlessly on the impeccably balanced finish. Drink now through 2007. 5,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 27, 2001: SCARPANTONI Shiraz McLaren Vale Block 3 2000 (89 points, $25)

Bright and juicy, packed with berry and vanilla flavors that echo appealingly on the round finish. Drink now through 2007. 2,500 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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