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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

Oct. 02, 2002: OPUS ONE Napa Valley 1999 (93 points, $150)

One of the few high-end California Cabernets with a track record of more than 15 years, Opus One is still producing outstanding wines. The '99 is an exquisite, complex, stylish wine, wearing a cloak of earthy, leathery tannins around flavors of mineral, c —James Laube

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