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Sep. 04, 2003: ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino 1998 (91 points, $60)

Though the '98 vintage is not up to the classic '97 in terms of quality, Tuscany still fared very well. This Brunello from one of the region's top producers offers aromas of plums, leather and dried flowers that cascade out of the glass. Full-bodied, with —James Suckling

Sep. 03, 2003: PENFOLDS Shiraz South Australia Grange 1998 (99 points, $205)

Australia's best-known collectible wine has turned in a powerful, aristocratic and impressive performance in the just released '98 vintage. It gathers up its flavors and lets them hang on and on and on while the finish lingers. The range starts with black —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 30, 2003: ZIND-HUMBRECHT Pinot Gris Alsace Turckheim Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles 2000 (96 points, $164)

From Alsace's most celebrated producers comes this classic late-harvest wine. A concentrated nectar exuding honey, caramel, apricot and orange peel aromas and flavors that orbit around a core of bright acidity. Seamless in texture and structure, with a ca —Bruce Sanderson

Aug. 28, 2003: E. GUIGAL Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 1999 (99 points, $275)

Filling out the trio of Guigal's "La La" wines is the '99 La Landonne. Elegant and racy yet thick-textured, with ripe tannins melting on the palate. First whiff gives mocha-scented oak and chocolate, but then, in the mouth, the ripe but refined blackberry —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 22, 2003: E. GUIGAL Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 1999 (97 points, $275)

Another of Guigal's "La La" trio, the '99 La Mouline is sensational. Great opulence in this full-textured, rich and ripe red. Layered with mocha, tobacco, blackberries. Supple tannins caress the palate. Long and sweet finish. All the more complex for the —Per-Henrik Mansson

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