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Jul. 02, 2001: VIÑA CALITERRA Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Arboleda 1998 (86 points, $20)

Arboleda is a new line from Caliterra, the joint venture of Eduardo Chadwick and Robert Mondavi. This Cabernet is dark and smoky, with good currant flavor, and a chewy texture. A bit firm on the finish, but a good effort for a '98, a vintage that was trou —James Molesworth

Jun. 30, 2001: ADELSHEIM Pinot Noir Oregon (89 points, $25)

Soft, round and generous, a gentle mouthful of blackberry and cherry and juicy acidity to balance, finishing lively and focused. Drink now through 2007. 3,156 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 28, 2001: SWANSON Merlot Napa Valley 1998 (88 points, $30)

Complex and concentrated, with a supple core of earthy currant, anise, tobacco, cedar and spice nuances, finishing with well-proportioned tannins. Drink now through 2006. 14,725 cases made. —James Laube

Jun. 27, 2001: TREFETHEN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1998 (88 points, $30)

This California Cabernet is pleasantly balanced, featuring ripe cherry, currant and berryish fruit, a nice touch of cedary oak and the right amount of tannin. Fails to excite, yet is quite appealing in its subtleties. Drink now through 2006. 10,700 cases —James Laube

Jun. 26, 2001: DEVIL'S LAIR Chardonnay Margaret River (90 points, $22)

Polished, round and spicy, with appealing barrel-fermented character, this Australian white plays out its pineapple, citrus and honey flavors on a lively frame. Drink now through 2005. 7,435 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

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