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Aug. 21, 2001: J. & F. LURTON abernet Sauvignon Mendoza Gran Lurton Grande Reserve 1999 (86 points, $18)

From the well-known Lurton name comes this burly Argentinean Cabernet, with juicy plum and blackberry and a briery, muscular finish. Drink now. —James Molesworth

Aug. 21, 2001: BODEGAS TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza Reserva 1999 (88 points, $17)

This Domaine Chandon-owned Argentinean property is quietly turning out some very good reds. The '99 Reserva Cabernet has a lot of sweet, creamy toast, but there's serious black cherry and currant fruit underneath it a —James Molesworth

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

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