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Mar. 29, 2002: VIÑA MONTES Alpha M Santa Cruz 1999 (92 points, $72)

This wine is made from a vineyard just a stone's throw away from Casa Lapostolle's Clos Apalta, yet it's totally different in style. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is a racy and pure red, with cassis, suave smoke, mineral and —James Molesworth

Mar. 28, 2002: CHÂTEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD Pauillac 1999 (95 points, $123)

This first-growth is the wine of the vintage in '99. Complex aromas of blackberries, tobacco, spices and black licorice are alluring in this full-bodied claret, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Long, caressing finish. Superfine, well-structur —James Suckling

Mar. 26, 2002: ANTINORI Umbria Cervaro della Sala 1999 (92 points, $42)

This Chardonnay and Grechetto blend is currently one of the best dry whites from Italy. It offers complex aromas of cream, toasted oak, apple and minerals and is full-bodied, thick and rich, with loads of fruit enhanced by full-throttle wood. Drink now th —James Suckling

Mar. 25, 2002: CHÂTEAU LÉOVILLE LAS CASES St.-Julien 1999 (94 points, $72)

The '99 Léoville Las Cases is a warm and exciting wine from a slightly frigid vintage. Black ruby in color. Rich and powerful on the nose, with loads of currant, smoke and tobacco. Full-bodied and silky, polished and long -- very pretty indeed. Best afte —James Suckling

Mar. 21, 2002: CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 1999 (92 points, $123)

Living up to its first-growth status, Margaux turned out a fine '99. It's a tight and silky red, with lots to offer -- currant, tobacco and cherry character, medium to full body, fine tannins and a long, long finish. Just needs time. Best after 2006. 16,6 —James Suckling

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