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Apr. 14, 2001: DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir Oregon (90 points, $40)

A stylish red, perhaps a bit shy for the vintage, but it has all the requisites to develop well. It's firm in texture and bright in flavor, with exuberant raspberry and red cherry flavors popping through the fine-grained tannins and persisting on the fini —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 11, 2001: ALLEGRINI Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1997 (93 points, $67)

Made from air-dried grapes, thus concentrating their sweetness, Amarone is one of the world's unique wines. This one from Allegrini is still closed, yet there are masses of fruit here, so give this outstanding Amarone some time. Vivid aromas of violets, b —James Suckling

Apr. 09, 2001: ARCHERY SUMMIT Pinot Noir Oregon Arcus Estate 1999 (95 points, $75)

A glorious Pinot Noir, offering layers of flavor on an elegant frame, with black cherry, blueberry, plum, exotic spices and a tinge of orange peel mingling on the finish. Tannins are well-submerged, but not shy. Tempting now, but give it time. Best after

Apr. 07, 2001: KING ESTATE Pinot Noir Oregon Reserve 1994 (91 points, $35)

The polished style of this supple Pinot emphasizes its pretty black cherry and violet-petal aromas and flavors, which linger effortlessly on the round finish. Has a nice tinge of pepper as well. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.

Apr. 06, 2001: STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cask 23 Napa Valley (95 points, $150)

From a winery that has been one of California's heavy hitters for some time, the Stag's Leap '97 Cask 23 is a classic. Delivers marvelous richness, intensity and focus, with layers of spicy currant, coffee, anise, sage, cedar, mocha and mineral, and conti —James Laube

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