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May. 26, 2003: CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D'ARAGONA Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso 1998 (93 points, $50)

Wild berry, cherry and floral aromas to this Brunello. Full-bodied, with big, silky tannins and loads of exciting fruit. Lively, yet refined. These wines are a joy to taste. Giuseppe Bianchini is a master in the vineyards. Best after 2004. 3,900 cases mad —James Suckling

May. 23, 2003: FANTI Brunello di Montalcino 1998 (95 points, $75)

Phenomenal for the vintage. Dark colored and superconcentrated. Aromas of roses, cherries, minerals and spices. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a superrich, long finish. Better than the 1997, which received 93 points. Best after 2004. 2,330 cases ma —James Suckling

May. 17, 2003: LE CHIUSE Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 (96 points, $50)

The last of the '97 Tuscan wines to be released are the Brunelli Riserva, and like just about everything else from this heralded vintage, they don't disappoint. This is very, very challenging, with dried fruits, berries and minerals. Full-bodied, with sup —James Suckling

May. 15, 2003: BONNEAU DU MARTRAY Corton-Charlemagne 2000 (95 points, $80)

A late-release '00 white Burgundy from a producer with a great track record. Beautiful, incredibly ripe yet very pure and showing lovely mineral character. Some toasted oak, but mostly ripe pear, tropical and lime notes. Full-bodied, it sings on the palat —Per-Henrik Mansson

May. 14, 2003: SMITH WOODHOUSE Vintage Port 2000 (95 points, $52)

Now we are talking. Wow. Aromas of licorice, flowers and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lovely smooth, fine tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish. Greatest young Vintage Port of Smith Woodhouse I have ever tasted. Best after 201 —James Suckling

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