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Oct. 21, 2003: CASANOVA DI NERI Toscana Pietradonice 2001 (96 points, $80)

Fantastic aromas of crushed blackberry, raspberry and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a solid core of tannins and a long, long finish. Dense yet refined, with excellent richness and structure. This is stunning and only the second year —James Suckling

Oct. 17, 2003: RUST EN VREDE Stellenbosch 2000 (92 points, $33)

From one of South Africa's top wineries comes this perennially outstanding blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Terrific juice, pure and driven, with red and black currant, cassis, bittersweet chocolate, graphite and espresso flavors. Serious d —James Molesworth

Oct. 16, 2003: CHARLES HEIDSIECK Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Blanc des Millénaires 1990 (97 points, $85)

Understated excellence. Very refined in texture. Complex, revealing honey, coffee, citrus confit and ginger notes enmeshed in the supple, fine-grained texture. Firm yet perfectly integrated. A beautiful, stately expression of Chardonnay from Champagne. Dr —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 13, 2003: SETTE PONTI Toscana Oreno 2001 (95 points, $80)

This blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is one of the new hot wines of Tuscany. Dark, with fantastic aromas of currant, blackberry, spice and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied, with very well-integrated tannins and a texture as fine as the —James Suckling

Oct. 10, 2003: BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Special Cuvée NV NV (93 points, $45)

A beautiful Champagne. Complex and elegant, evoking ginger, jasmine, citrus and honey aromas and flavors, accented by a biscuit and grain component coming as much from barrel fermentation as yeast aging. Very firmly structured and long. Enjoy with Asian f —Bruce Sanderson

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