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Aug. 16, 2002: BARONE RICASOLI Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 1999 (90 points, $40)

Tuscany enjoyed another fine vintage in '99, and the top wines are starting to hit store shelves now. This Chianti is gorgeous, with plum, berry and black licorice character and hints of minerals. Full- to medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh and —James Suckling

Aug. 15, 2002: PAUL COULON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2000 (95 points, $50)

Here's another fine '00 Châteauneuf worth chasing down. Immense. Dark and rich, thick and ripe, this serious wine is loaded with black fruit, massive ripe tannins and lots of toasted oak notes heavy with chocolate and mocha accents. Full-bodied and power —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 14, 2002: ROSEMOUNT Shiraz McLaren Vale Balmoral 1999 (93 points, $50)

A bit more aristocratic than most Aussie Shiraz, this one strikes a beautiful chord of rich blackberry and currant fruit, hinting at anise and pepper on a fleshy frame, with sweet spicy notes darting in and out through the long, harmonious finish. Drink n —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 13, 2002: DOMAINE DE LA ROMANÉE-CONTI Romanée St.-Vivant 1999 (94 points, $450)

Here's another late-release '99 red Burgundy from one of the region's most storied domaines. Super quality in this blockbuster of a Pinot Noir, with lovely blackberries, wild berries and blueberries. But this full-bodied red is tough and angular, and a bi —Per-Henrik Mansson

Aug. 12, 2002: JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE Hermitage White 1998 (95 points, $110)

From one of the Rhône's top producers comes this classic white. Deep and intense, it powers its way through the palate, delivering bursts of fruit and earth flavors. Silky and full-bodied, with distinctive personality, this ripe, thick and well-made whit —Per-Henrik Mansson

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