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Apr. 18, 2003: PLANETA Sicilia Cometa 2001 (92 points, $32)

This outstanding wine from one of southern Italy's top producers is made from the Fiano grape. Fantastic aromas of peaches and mangos, with hints of papaya and minerals. Full-bodied, with lovely fresh acidity and glorious fruit character on the finish. Su —James Suckling

Apr. 15, 2003: FRANZ HIRTZBERGER Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Spitzer Singerriedel 2001 (92 points, $75)

Piercing scents of ripe apple and quince mark this rich, elegant Austrian Riesling, broadening to reveal warm brioche and mineral elements. Well-structured and intense, with a citrus accent firming up the finish. Drink now through 2010. 150 cases imported —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 09, 2003: MASI Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano 1997 (93 points, $70)

From Italy's Veneto region comes this well-defined red, bursting with fresh black fruit and clean mineral aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a long, fresh finish. Tempting now, but best to wait awhile. Best after 2003. 1,150 cases made —James Suckling

Apr. 05, 2003: HDV Chardonnay Carneros 2000 (93 points, $45)

Beautifully crafted, sleek, rich and refined, with a tight, elegant beam of spicy pear, citrus, honey and fresh, clean earth. Tapered on the finish, where the flavors are long and detailed. Nary a trace of oak in this classy debut Chardonnay from the new —James Laube

Apr. 02, 2003: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Clos Apalta Rapel Valley 2000 (94 points, $55)

A stunner. This coats the palate with cassis, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, but stays focused and pure, with vanilla, spice and toast notes chiming in on the palate for added effect; then the finish resonates with purity. A thoroughly seductive wine t —James Molesworth

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