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Feb. 08, 2003: FROG'S LEAP Rutherford 1999 (91 points, $65)

Though pricey, there's outstanding quality in this '99 California Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend. Dark, rich and focused, with ripe and polished currant, blackberry, cherry and spicy, toasty oak. Intense and concentrated, with a long, complex —James Laube

Feb. 07, 2003: STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Fay 1999 (92 points, $75)

Here's another outstanding '99 Cabernet, made in a smooth-textured, graceful style, with complex earthy currant, sage, tobacco and pencil lead flavors that are focused, and gain intensity on the finish. Firmly tannic. Best from 2004 through 2012. 3,893 ca —James Laube

Feb. 05, 2003: DUCKHORN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Patzimaro Vineyard 1999 (92 points, $90)

Known for its Merlots, Duckhorn also makes fine Cabernet Sauvignon. This '99 offers excellent structure, range of flavors, depth and complexity, with taut tannins wrapped snugly around a core of spicy currant, cherry pie and blackberry flavors. Long, smoo —James Laube

Feb. 03, 2003: BODEGAS CARO Mendoza 2000 (90 points, $40)

This is the debut release for this Catena-Rothschild joint venture. Nice mix of ripe, crushed berries, vanilla, spice and cedar notes, with an elegant texture and pretty finish. Good ripeness and weight here, this may have some staying power despite its f —James Molesworth

Feb. 01, 2003: CAYMUS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2000 (92 points, $70)

Another outstanding Cabernet from this well-known California producer. Packs in lots of ripe, rich, complex Cabernet flavors, gushing with ripe currant, plum and wild berry, turning spicy and revealing pretty oak and herb shadings as well. Long, smooth af —James Laube

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