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May. 27, 2002: DOMINIO DE EGUREN Toro Numanthia 1999 (93 points, $45)

Made in a voluptuous international style, this lush Spanish red teems with toasty, chocolate oak flavors, thickly overlaid on ripe plum and blackberry fruit. It's well-structured, with firm, ripe tannins and heady alcohol. Impressive. Best from 2003 throu —Thomas Matthews

May. 25, 2002: RUSTENBERG Peter Barlow Stellenbosch 1999 (92 points, $34)

This 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa demonstrates that this region has serious potential. It pulls no punches, with a great beam of dark blackberry and currant flavors up front, creamy toast in the middle, and a pure, sleek, polished fini —James Molesworth

May. 23, 2002: PLANETA Chardonnay Sicilia 2000 (94 points, $34)

From Sicily comes this full-throttle Chardonnay, with all the Burgundy treatment (read, juicy Meursault) you could hope for. Loads of apple, vanilla and pineapple character. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and a long, butterscotch and ripe fruit aftertas —James Suckling

May. 21, 2002: VIADER Napa Valley 1999 (94 points, $75)

After a fine performance in the tough '98 vintage, Viader has turned out another outstanding wine from the more even '99 vintage. Very rich and distinctive, with spicy currant, leather, tobacco, cedar and mocha aromas, and complex, concentrated, earth, cu —James Laube

May. 18, 2002: FRANCISCAN OAKVILLE ESTATE Chardonnay Napa Valley Cuvée Sauvage 1999 (91 points, $35)

The Cuvée Sauvage is the top white wine from this California winery, which was purchased by the giant Canandaigua Wines back in 1999. The '99 is rich, elegant and stylish, with pretty hazelnut, toasty marshmallow, pear, fig and citrus flavors that are ni —James Laube

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