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Jun. 14, 2002: G. ROUMIER Bonnes Mares 1999 (94 points, $110)

The '99 vintage in Burgundy offers pure fruit, and wines that will provide good short- to -medium-term cellaring. This late-release from Roumier is a blockbuster Pinot that remains elegant. Thick in texture, black in color, it delivers much character -- e —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jun. 13, 2002: ARROWOOD Chardonnay Sonoma County Cuvée Michel Berthoud Réserve Spéciale 1999 (92 points, $42)

Smooth, rich and creamy, with a charred, toasty oak influence that shapes and defines the ripe pear, fig and apricot flavors, giving it a toasted marshmallow-like aftertaste. Drink now through 2006. 1,347 cases made. Highly Recommended.

For a comp —James Laube

Jun. 12, 2002: JOSEPH PHELPS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999 (92 points, $42)

The '99 Napa Cab from Phelps is a rich, deftly balanced style, loaded with complex earthy currant, black cherry, anise, coffee and mocha flavors that are sharply focused. Long and concentrated on the finish, with a leathery streak working its way in. Best —James Laube

Jun. 08, 2002: DOMAINE DES COMTES LAFON Montrachet 1999 (95 points, $395)

From one of Burgundy's hallowed domaines comes another classic. Scarce as hen's teeth, this is an explosive white. Impressive fat texture in this full-bodied, opulent Chardonnay. Cascades with toasted oak, caramel, mineral, tropical fruit and lots of smok —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jun. 07, 2002: MARCEL DEISS Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg 1997 (93 points, $80)

Deiss bottles the wines from his designated grands crus sites as field blends, such as this one, made from roughly 70 percent Riesling, with Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat. Open and caressing, like a ribbon of road crossing a broad expanse —Bruce Sanderson

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