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$15 to $30

Aug. 30, 1999: BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Special Cuvee (90 points, $30)

A mellow, gold-amber color and ripe, generous peach, honey and fig flavors indicate that this is wonderfully mature, ample and enjoyable. Has great balance and a long finish. Drink now.

Aug. 23, 1999: CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE Chardonnay Columbia Valley Cold Creek Vineyard 1997 (92 points, $25)

Ripe and intense yet deftly balancing its sharply focused core of vibrant pear, apple and citrus flavors with creamy, spicy overtones, all of which come together on the long, harmonious finish. Drink now through 2004. 5,000 cases made.

Aug. 06, 1999: TRIMBACH Riesling Alsace Cuvee Frederic Emile 1995 (93 points, $30)

From one of Alsace's top producers comes this outstanding Riesling. Intensely aromatic, with fleeting scents of fresh mint, forest floor and roses that persist right through to the long finish. Steely, lean and structured, this is packed with character. A

Aug. 03, 1999: DOMAINE DU VIEUX TELEGRAPHE Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Mas des Papes 1997 (91 points, $30)

Beautiful. Very ripe, fat texture, with good concentration of opulent plum and black fruits, and a wet-earth taste that continues on the lingering and balanced smoky finish. Drink now through 2005. 4,165 cases made.

Jul. 31, 1999: THE HESS COLLECTION Chardonnay Napa Valley 1997 (90 points, $18)

Bright, with lively intensity to the complex grapefruit, melon, pear and spice flavors framed by pretty toasty, cedary oak. Drink now through 2003. 30,000 cases made.

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