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Jul. 27, 2002: VIÑA SANTA RITA Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Casa Real 1999 (91 points, $60)

The Casa Real is Santa Rita's flagship wine, so there's no surprise it excelled in Chile's excellent '99 vintage. Intriguing nose of dark currant, cocoa and sanguine aromas, followed by a tightly wound body of currant, smoke, mineral and loam notes. You f —James Molesworth

Jul. 22, 2002: JOSEPH PHELPS Insignia Napa Valley 1999 (94 points, $125)

One of the most sought-after California Cabernets these days, the '99 Insignia doesn't disappoint. Dark, rich and intensely concentrated, with a firm, tightly wound core of currant, black cherry, mineral, anise, sage and mocha-laced oak. Well-focused, wit —James Laube

Jul. 19, 2002: GRANT BURGE The Holy Trinity Barossa 1998 (91 points, $33)

From Australia comes this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Smooth, velvety and enticingly balanced to show off its spicy raspberry, plum and smoky-meaty flavors. Not at all heavy, but refined and elegant through the harmonious finish. Drink now th —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 16, 2002: FISHER Coach Insignia Napa Valley 1999 (94 points, $75)

The '99 Cabs are starting to come out, and they're worth tracking down. This release from Fisher serves up a pure, rich, delicious core of blackberry extract, with touches of currant and black cherry, plum and anise, finishing with a long, rich, detailed —James Laube

Jul. 15, 2002: ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA Barolo Bricco Francesco 1997 (95 points, $49)

Here's a late-release Piedmont from the classic '97 vintage that is super stuff. Wonderful ripe fruit aromas of plums, oranges and berries, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with big, soft tannins and a super, fruity aftertaste. It goes on and on. Best a —James Suckling

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