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Oct. 14, 2002: LARKMEAD Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999 (93 points, $45)

A stylish wine that's ripe, rich and supple, beautifully focused on concentrated black cherry, black currant and roasted herb flavors. The fruit flavors keep coming, along with nicely integrated toasty oak and round tannins. From an old vineyard north of —James Laube

Oct. 10, 2002: CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM Sauternes 1997 (95 points, $200)

Despite the recent ownership battle for this legendary château, quality remains at an extremely high level. Always a late release, the '97 Yquem is extremely concentrated, yet subtle, with aromas of honey and spices and an intense botrytis nose. Full-bod —James Suckling

Oct. 08, 2002: WEINBACH Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Schlossberg Cuvée Ste.-Catherine L\'Inédit 2000 (94 points, $84)

The 2000 vintage was outstanding in Alsace, and Domaine Weinbach fielded a stunning range of wines, as evidenced here. Serious ripeness and obvious residual sugar in this opulent Riesling. With a texture of cashmere delivering the apricot, grapefruit and —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 07, 2002: RIDGE Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains 1999 (92 points, $120)

From longtime winemaker Paul Draper comes yet another terrific Monte Bello. The '99 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and it is a wine of great balance, finesse and grace. Well-focused, the ripe, tart, rich bl —James Laube

Oct. 04, 2002: PAHLMEYER Merlot Napa Valley 1999 (94 points, $80)

Despite a relatively shallow talent pool for California Merlot, Pahlmeyer's Merlot continues to shine. The '99 is a mouthful of wine that packs in lots of rich, deep, plush and concentrated flavors, with tiers of currant, blackberry, raspberry and wild be —James Laube

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