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May. 02, 2002: PENFOLDS Chardonnay South Eastern Australia Yattarna 1998 (94 points, $60)

Penfolds' flagship white may be a tough find, but it's worth the search. Classically proportioned, with gorgeous nectarine, pear, grapefruit, hazelnut and clove flavors wrapped in a satin texture, all lingering effortlessly on the long, long finish. Favor —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 26, 2002: RUDD ESTATE Chardonnay Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Vineyard 1999 (93 points, $50)

Beautiful, vivid fruit, earth and mineral aromas, with rich, deeply flavored, succulent pear, fig, mineral, hazelnut and creamy flavors. The texture is smooth and supple, and the finish goes on and on. Drink now through 2007. 1,041 cases made. —James Laube

Apr. 17, 2002: FRITZ HAAG Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr 2000 (91 points, $33)

A beauty. Great clarity and expression of grape and terroir. Fresh, elegant and silky in texture, with a well-integrated structure supporting the peach and slate flavors. Lovely harmony and length. Drink now through 2012. 475 cases made. Highly Re —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 16, 2002: JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2000 (92 points, $34)

Manfred Prüm does it again with this beautiful auslese. Aromatic and sumptuous, with everything in the right places, the dense peach, apricot and slate notes tightly wound around the firm structure. A major success in 2000. Best from 2004 through 2015. 5 —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 15, 2002: RUDD ESTATE Chardonnay Carneros 1999 (93 points, $35)

David Ramey makes the wines for Rudd, and his deft touch with Chardonnay is on display here. Sleek, yet deceptively rich and complex. Deeply concentrated and full of ripe fig, pear, citrus, light toasty oak and hazelnut flavors. Sharply focused and long o —James Laube

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