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Aug. 19, 2002: CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Grande Cuvée 1999 (94 points, $245)

Though tough to find, this is one of the top Châteauneufs being made today. A remarkable effort in the '99 vintage. Beautiful. Inky-black and very intense, built in a modern style, like a top Bordeaux classified-growth, with plenty of freshly crushed ber —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 17, 2002: DUCKHORN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999 (94 points, $50)

This is the best release from this well-known California winery in some time. Dusty berry, currant, anise and cedary oak aromas follow through to a rich, concentrated core of flavors on the palate; yet for all its weight, there's a sense of suppleness and —James Laube

Aug. 16, 2002: BARONE RICASOLI Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 1999 (90 points, $40)

Tuscany enjoyed another fine vintage in '99, and the top wines are starting to hit store shelves now. This Chianti is gorgeous, with plum, berry and black licorice character and hints of minerals. Full- to medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh and —James Suckling

Aug. 15, 2002: PAUL COULON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2000 (95 points, $50)

Here's another fine '00 Châteauneuf worth chasing down. Immense. Dark and rich, thick and ripe, this serious wine is loaded with black fruit, massive ripe tannins and lots of toasted oak notes heavy with chocolate and mocha accents. Full-bodied and power —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 14, 2002: ROSEMOUNT Shiraz McLaren Vale Balmoral 1999 (93 points, $50)

A bit more aristocratic than most Aussie Shiraz, this one strikes a beautiful chord of rich blackberry and currant fruit, hinting at anise and pepper on a fleshy frame, with sweet spicy notes darting in and out through the long, harmonious finish. Drink n —Harvey Steiman

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