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Feb. 12, 2001: CLINE Mourvèdre Contra Costa County Ancient Vines (90 points, $20)

Mourvèdre may not be a grape that is often found on its own, but track this down when you're ready for a change of pace. Flavors of roasted herbs, mint, black currants and plum are loaded with intensity. Chocolate notes and firm tannins carry through the —James Laube

Feb. 10, 2001: ST. SUPÉRY Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997 (91 points, $22)

Rich, complex and concentrated, with ripe plum, black cherry, blackberry and mineral flavors. Finishes with a firm core of tannins. A tremendous value in ready-to-drink or ageable Cabernet. Best from 2002 through 2009. 29,317 cases made. —James Laube

Feb. 07, 2001: BODEGAS MONTECILLO Rioja Gran Reserva 1994 (91 points, $23)

Lovely. This youthful red is both elegant and concentrated, with spice, licorice and gamey notes accenting a core of ripe cherry. It's supple, yet firm enough for food. Drink now through 2010. Solid quality for the price, and it should be easy to find som —Thomas Matthews

Feb. 02, 2001: MONTES Merlot Curicó Valley Montes Alpha 1996 (86 points, $22)

Good job for a '98, with juicy plum and currant flavors, and nice vanilla and cedar notes peeking out on the finish. Drink now. 25,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Jan. 31, 2001: CHÂTEAU FAUGÈRES St.-Emilion (91 points, $20)

Now run by Corinne Guisez after the passing of her husband Péby in 1997, this St.-Emilion grand cru has vineyards made up of 70 percent Merlot, 25 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Their '98 shows fantastic aromas of berry, —James Suckling

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