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Jul. 18, 2001: KISTLER Chardonnay Sonoma County Cuvée Cathleen 1998 (93 points, $70)

Here—s another winner from Kistler—s stable of single vineyard Chardonnays. Wonderful intensity, richness and range of flavor are the hallmarks here, with earthy fig, pear, anise, green olive and herbal notes. The long-lasting finish adds a pretty dos —James Laube

Jul. 17, 2001: KISTLER Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain McCrea Vineyard (92 points, $55)

Kistler released another outstanding set of Chardonnay releases in '98. The McCrea is a delicious Chardonnay. Rich and full-bodied, with ripe, complex and concentrated pear, butterscotch, fig, melon, hazelnut and honey notes, finishing in a long, lingerin —James Laube

Jul. 14, 2001: PAUL HOBBS Chardonnay Sonoma Mountain Richard Dinner Vineyard (93 points, $47)

A delicious mouthful of Chardonnay-ripe, lush, rich and full-bodied-with layers of fig, nectarine, pear, hazelnut and just a light touch of toasty oak. Finishes in a long, luxuriant aftertaste. Drink now through 2005. 1,535 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 11, 2001: DOMINUS ESTATE Napa Valley (91 points, $100)

Dominus has turned in a solid performance in the tricky —98 vintage. This is an earthy, elegant and refined Cabernet blend, delivering layers of currant, tar, black cherry, cedar, coffee and anise, all sharply focused and framed by just the right amount —James Laube

Jul. 10, 2001: BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve (92 points, $35)

The smoky, toasty, figgy, buttery aromas of this enticing white lead to similar rich flavors running deep and persistent, picking up notes of pear, apricot, citrus and melon. Finish zooms on and on. Drink now through 2004. 20,000 cases made. —James Laube

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