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Jan. 04, 2003: RAMONET Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 2000 (94 points, $50)

This beautiful white Burgundy coats the palate with refined mineral, ripe fruit and subtle toast character. Nothing big or heavy in this medium-bodied Chardonnay, but what's there is quite nicely balanced. Drink now through 2006. 175 cases made. Collecti —Per-Henrik Mansson

Dec. 28, 2002: ZIND-HUMBRECHT Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St.-Urbain 2000 (94 points, $79)

Always a leader for the region, the '00 Rangen from ZH is quite a wine. The apricot, orange and mango aromas explode from the glass, followed by spice and mineral flavors. It's almost dry, offset by vibrant acidity, all combined with a balance and harmony —Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 27, 2002: OJAI Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Pisoni Vineyard 2000 (93 points, $50)

This California Pinot offers extraordinary richness, depth and concentration, with deep plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit that's plush and polished, with hints of spice and cedar. Gorgeous wine. Drink now through 2007. 400 cases made. Highly Recomme —James Laube

Dec. 23, 2002: BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza 1999 (93 points, $90)

Formerly with Bodegas Esmeralda, Nicolás Catena has moved into his new Catena Zapata winery. Despite confusing wine names, this is his flagship bottling, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that sets a new quality standard for the region. Dense, this takes —James Molesworth

Dec. 14, 2002: HENRIOT Brut Champagne Millésimé 1995 (92 points, $50)

Delicious. Full, rich and exuding toasted brioche, vanilla and honey notes, this suave Champagne feels like velvet, ending with a lingering aftertaste of coffee. Drink now through 2005. 17,000 cases made. Highly Recommended.

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