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Jan. 09, 2003: JEAN-NOËL GAGNARD Bâtard-Montrachet 2000 (96 points, $170)

This late-release '00 white Burgundy is a powerhouse of a wine that roars on the palate. Golden-colored, rich and ripe, with lemon curd, honey and hazelnuts. This thick-textured, spicy, profound, full-throttle white bursts with so much energy, it takes yo —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jan. 07, 2003: MOMMESSIN Clos de Tart 2000 (94 points, $140)

This early-release '00 Burgundy suggests that top-quality producers made superb wines in this difficult vintage. Racy yet thick, full of ripe fruit and supple tannins, a mouthful of pleasure from start to finish, bursting with blackberries and chocolate n —Per-Henrik Mansson

Jan. 06, 2003: OJAI Syrah California Roll Ranch Vineyard 2000 (93 points, $45)

Simply delicious, overflowing with flavor. Inky dark, ripe, rich and plush, with a load of jammy plum, blackberry, wild berry and spicy aromatics. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste and a gush of fruit. Tannins are well-integrated. Drink now through —James Laube

Jan. 04, 2003: RAMONET Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets 2000 (94 points, $50)

This beautiful white Burgundy coats the palate with refined mineral, ripe fruit and subtle toast character. Nothing big or heavy in this medium-bodied Chardonnay, but what's there is quite nicely balanced. Drink now through 2006. 175 cases made. Collecti —Per-Henrik Mansson

Dec. 28, 2002: ZIND-HUMBRECHT Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St.-Urbain 2000 (94 points, $79)

Always a leader for the region, the '00 Rangen from ZH is quite a wine. The apricot, orange and mango aromas explode from the glass, followed by spice and mineral flavors. It's almost dry, offset by vibrant acidity, all combined with a balance and harmony —Bruce Sanderson

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