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Mar. 07, 2000: EBERLE Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 1997 (89 points, $25)

This California Cabernet delivers plummy, smoky fruit flavors that are ripe and lush. It reveals complex anise, sage, mineral and leather notes before finishing in a long, rich aftertaste. A very good wine from an appellation that's making strides. Best f —James Laube

Feb. 28, 2000: FOPPIANO Petite Sirah Sonoma County (88 points, $18)

Though it has no relation to the similar-sounding Syrah grape, Petite Sirah does offer a similar-spice and black, fruit flavor profile. This release from Foppiano is a ripe and intense red from this underappreciated varietal, offering rich plum, pepper, w —James Laube

Feb. 25, 2000: ANTINORI Umbria Cervaro della Sala (90 points, $28)

From Tuscany—s neighboring region of Umbria comes this Chardonnay and Grechetto blend. Big and ripe, with mango, pineapple and toasted oak galore. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit character and a long tropical fruit aftertaste. Very creamy in texture. Ex —James Suckling

Feb. 21, 2000: MARIETTA Syrah California 1997 (91 points, $16)

Slowly but surely, California is producing excellent wines from Rhone varietals such as Syrah. What a find this release from Marietta is. Tight and firm, with a rich, focused core of plum, black cherry, earth, anise and wild berry. Long, intricate afterta —James Laube

Feb. 19, 2000: GALLO OF SONOMA Chardonnay Russian River Valley Laguna Ranch Vineyard 1997 (91 points, $22)

From a winery that—s been cranking out solid values for a few years now comes this outstanding Chardonnay. Tastes more complex and sophisticated than it smells, with a tightly wound core of pear and nectarine and a rich buttery aftertaste that's long an —James Laube

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