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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

Feb. 16, 2002: COMTE GEORGES DE VOGÜÉ Musigny Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 1999 (93 points, $260)

Here's another superb '99 red Burgundy from a domaine that enjoys holdings in some of the region's best vineyards. Nice concentration of fruit and oak complexity. Medium-bodied, with blackberries and toasted and smoky notes. Plenty of toasted oak and choc —Per-Henrik Mansson

Feb. 14, 2002: MÉO-CAMUZET Vosne-Romanée Au Cros Parantoux 1999 (95 points, $190)

Jean-Nicolas Méo has his domaine at the top of the Burgundy hierarchy these days, with this being the top scoring '99 red burgundy out of more than 430 we've reviewed. A powerhouse of a wine. Combines a modern style (some toasted new oak) with pedigreed —Per-Henrik Mansson

Feb. 08, 2002: PENFOLDS Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia Bin 707 1998 (92 points, $80)

From one of Australia's best-known wineries come this high-end offering. Rich and resonant, this is a vibrant red with lovely currant and blackberry flavors on a fine-grained frame, echoing fruit and the merest touch of herb and spice on the round finish. —Harvey Steiman

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