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Apr. 28, 2003: WILLIAMS SELYEM Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Allen Vineyard 2000 (92 points, $69)

Intense and sharply focused, a smooth, elegant, graceful style with a silky texture and long, layered display of ripe cherry, blackberry and raspberry tinted fruit. Sufficient fine-grained tannins for cellaring. Drink now through 2008. 252 cases made. Co —James Laube

Apr. 22, 2003: JOSEPH PHELPS Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Backus 1999 (93 points, $150)

A collector's item from a winery with a track record for great Cabernet Sauvignon production. The '99 Backus is a rich, deeply concentrated and flavorful wine, with layers of currant, mocha, earth, leather and black cherry. Sharply focused and long and ri —James Laube

Apr. 19, 2003: SIDURI Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2001 (92 points, $33)

This California Pinot Noir has wonderful complexity and aromatics, with floral, plum and black cherry, blackberry and huckleberry fruit that's elegantly styled, finishing with a long, rich aftertaste. Drink now through 2007. 665 cases made. Highly Recomme —James Laube

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

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