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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

Jun. 25, 2002: VILLA POGGIO SALVI Brunello di Montalcino 1997 (94 points, $60)

Outstanding Brunello in '97 is the norm, as this incredibly rich Sangiovese proves. Superripe aromas of dried fruits and hints of spice. Like a top Amarone. Full-bodied, thick and rich, with round tannins and masses of fruit. Best after 2004. 4,580 cases —James Suckling

Jun. 25, 2002: ALTESINO Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli 1997 (98 points, $89)

Tied for the top Brunello in the superb '97 vintage, the Montosoli from Altesino rivals the classic '90 Montosoli. Complex aromas of grilled meat and cherry, with hints of cedar and tobacco turning to plums and flowers. Full-bodied and extremely well-stru —James Suckling

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