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May. 14, 2003: SMITH WOODHOUSE Vintage Port 2000 (95 points, $52)

Now we are talking. Wow. Aromas of licorice, flowers and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lovely smooth, fine tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish. Greatest young Vintage Port of Smith Woodhouse I have ever tasted. Best after 201 —James Suckling

May. 12, 2003: KRUG Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Clos du Mesnil 1990 (97 points, $370)

Always one to hold its flagship wine back until ready, Krug has turned out another classic Clos du Mesnil. The '90 offers a seductive mosaic of biscuit, honey and walnut oil leading to baking bread and citrus in this masculine, youthful Champagne. Very ti —Bruce Sanderson

May. 10, 2003: FONSECA Vintage Port 2000 (94 points, $84)

Fabulous nose of crushed raspberries, blackberries and licorice. Full-bodied and velvety, with superclean fruit and a long finish. Beauty. Very harmonious for Fonseca. Best after 2011. 12,500 cases made. Collectible. —James Suckling

May. 09, 2003: BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Grande Année 1996 (95 points, $90)

A late release from the 1996 vintage, this glorious Champagne is worth stocking. Full-bodied and powerful, with a complex nose of grains, ginger and baking bread that turns to honey, citrus and nuts on the palate as it unfolds. Very firmly structured and —Bruce Sanderson

May. 06, 2003: GRAHAM Vintage Port 2000 (98 points, $80)

Smells like freshly picked orchids, with loads of ripe, clean fruit. Full-bodied, medium sweet and very powerful and racy. It lasts for minutes on your palate. Yet there's a balance and class to this young vintage Port. This is the greatest glass of Graha —James Suckling

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