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Mar. 05, 2002: LEEUWIN Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 1998 (94 points, $65)

With its long track record, this has established itself as one of Australia's top white wines. Ravishing, remarkable for its densely packed flavors and elegant frame, a panoply of nectarine, pineapple, mineral, oatmeal and honey flavors that linger intens —Harvey Steiman

Mar. 04, 2002: CHÂTEAU LATOUR Pauillac 1999 (93 points, $129)

Though not a great vintage, '99 produced some outstanding reds nonetheless. No surprise that Latour is one of the top wines of the vintage -- big yet racy. Shows blackberry aromas, with a hint of spice, and is full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, firm —James Suckling

Feb. 26, 2002: MICHELE CASTELLANI Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Monte Cristi Cinque Stelle 1997 (93 points, $49)

Amarone offers one of the world's most distinctive flavor profiles, and this offering is worth hunting down. Seductive and gorgeous. Super harmony. Glorious aromas of dried fruit and fruitcake, with hints of coffee and minerals. Full-bodied and thick, wit —James Suckling

Feb. 23, 2002: JEAN GRIVOT Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 1999 (92 points, $57)

Impressive blockbuster red Burgundy. Black-colored, firmly structured, showing an integrity of clean, pure and focused black and red berry character. A bit woody, the oak stands out a bit at this stage. Needs time to soften, but has a long finish. Best fr —Per-Henrik Mansson

Feb. 20, 2002: MACULAN Veneto Fratta 1999 (92 points, $75)

From Italy's Veneto region comes this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Big, generous red. Impressive aromas of ripe berries, minerals and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with ripe fruit and smoky flavors. Verges on being jammy, but delicious. Give it tim —James Suckling

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