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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

Feb. 18, 2002: FONTAINE-GAGNARD Chassagne-Montrachet La Maltroie 1999 (93 points, $54)

This late-release '99 white burgundy is worth hunting down. Beautiful, with some wet earth, terroir, slate and crisp character. Very sexy Chardonnay, this is clean and powerful, showing a pure and clean fruit character. Drink now through 2008. Hig —Per-Henrik Mansson

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