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Jul. 15, 2002: ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA Barolo Bricco Francesco 1997 (95 points, $49)

Here's a late-release Piedmont from the classic '97 vintage that is super stuff. Wonderful ripe fruit aromas of plums, oranges and berries, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with big, soft tannins and a super, fruity aftertaste. It goes on and on. Best a —James Suckling

Jul. 12, 2002: DIDIER DAGUENEAU Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang 2000 (93 points, $36)

From one of the Loire's recognized leaders comes this absolutely glorious Pouilly-Fumé. A magnificent Sauvignon Blanc that combines the grape's peach, melon and citrus flavors with beautifully integrated new oak components of vanilla and nutmeg. Harmonio —Bruce Sanderson

Jul. 03, 2002: TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 1999 (92 points, $35)

This '99 California Cabernet is dark, rich and enormously complex, with a solid core of black cherry, plum, currant, anise and cedary flavors. Beautifully focused, with a sense of elegance and finesse. Drawn from extensive vineyard holdings; an impressive —James Laube

Jul. 02, 2002: AU BON CLIMAT Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Reflect Nuits-Blanches 1999 (93 points, $40)

Pure and utterly delicious Chardonnay from start to finish, with layers of complex pear, fig, citrus and nectarine that are intense, lively and deeply concentrated. Light, toasty, vanilla-scented oak dances in the background, giving a creamy texture. Drin —James Laube

Jun. 27, 2002: ANTINORI Brunello di Montalcino Pian delle Vigne 1997 (97 points, $70)

Here's another amazing '97 Brunello from one of the region's venerable names. Fantastic aromas of blackberries, flowers and minerals. Captivating. Full-bodied, with incredible layers of ripe fruit and silky tannins. The finish lasts for minutes. Racy and —James Suckling

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