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Dec. 05, 2002: DOMAINE CHÈZE Condrieu Cuvée de Brèze 2001 (94 points, $39)

Ultrathick yet elegant. A wonderful Viognier, offering loads of spices, apricot pie, bread dough and baked apples, plus some floral notes. Full-bodied. Lots of oak on the finish, but the toasted wood is well-integrated. To die for. Best from 2004 through —Per-Henrik Mansson

Nov. 29, 2002: CA' BIANCA Barolo 1997 (91 points, $33)

Here's a late-release Barolo from the ripe '97 vintage that won't break the bank. It's a big and juicy red, thick and powerful, yet rich and long. Velvety tannins and meaty, fruity and light toasted flavors. Give this time. Best after 2005. Shouldn't be t —James Suckling

Nov. 23, 2002: PAOLO SCAVINO Barolo Carobric 1998 (95 points, $80)

From the racy, elegant '98 Piedmont vintage comes this superb Barolo. Very well-done. Bright fruit, with hints of dry porcini that turn to blackberries. Full-bodied, with loads of silky tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2005. 1,600 cases made. High —James Suckling

Nov. 20, 2002: PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut Champagne Rare 1988 (97 points, $55)

This monumental Champagne doesn't need the holidays as an excuse to get opened. Full-bodied and intense, yet retaining the elegance and verve characteristic of the '88 vintage, this is showing roasted elements of coffee, hazelnut and citrus confit, with a —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 16, 2002: DOMENICO CLERICO Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1998 (99 points, $71)

Piedmont keeps cranking out the hits these days, as with this nearly perfect Barolo. This is breathtaking. Unbelievable. Big and powerful, with loads of plum, blackberry, raisin and meaty aromas. Full-bodied, with big, luscious tannins and masses of fruit —James Suckling

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