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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

Jul. 07, 2001: CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO Barolo Monfalletto (93 points, $36)

Here—s fabulous Piedmont red from the classically styled —96 vintage. Intense aromas of fresh roses, with balsamic and cherry notes, introduce this full-bodied, muscular Barolo. It's thick and rich, with velvety tannins and a long, chocolaty, meaty fi —James Suckling

Jul. 06, 2001: MARCHESI DI GRESY Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga (93 points, $90)

From the very ripe and outstanding —97 vintage, comes this big and chewy Barbaresco, meaty and succulent. Aromatic of cherry, cedar, meat and berry, the wine is full-bodied, with lots of fruit and tannins. Long, sweet fruit finish. Traditional, yet beau —James Suckling

Jul. 03, 2001: TORBRECK RunRig Barossa Valley (95 points, $150)

Here—s a classic Australian Shiraz, one of the top-scoring wines from our annual report on the region. Uncanny, the way the lapel-grabbing plum, berry and exotic spice flavors play out on a remarkably supple and elegant frame, with the fine tannins weav —Harvey Steiman

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