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Nov. 02, 2001: BODEGAS LAN Rioja Viña Lanciano Reserva 1996 (92 points, $35)

This is the second consecutive outstanding showing for this single vineyard Rioja from Bodegas LAN. Powerful and still youthful, this muscular red is dark, with firm, ripe tannins supporting ripe, fresh flavors of black cherry, cassis, vanilla and licoric —Thomas Matthews

Oct. 31, 2001: CHARLES HEIDSIECK Brut Champagne Millésimé 1990 (98 points, $75)

In recent years, this '90 from Charles Heidsieck has been one of our top performers (we retaste all vintage and non-vintage Champagnes each year). Seamless from start to finish. An elegantly woven tapestry of fruit blossoms, citrus, honey and vanilla, cr —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 20, 2001: DALLA VALLE Maya Napa Valley 1998 (93 points, $125)

One of California's top Cabernet producers, Dalla Valle bucked the trend of weak '98's with yet another outstanding version of its top wine. Dark, ripe, rich and intense, with a complex, persistent beam of black cherry, blackberry, currant, anise and sage —James Laube

Oct. 17, 2001: KRUG Brut Champagne Grande Cuvée NV (93 points, $150)

One of the top Champagne houses', Krug's non-vintage wine is better than many houses vintage cuvées. This is distinctive and dramatic. New oak lends accents of vanilla and clove to the torrefaction flavors of coffee, nuts and citrus. It's all disp —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 11, 2001: ALDO CONTERNO Barolo Colonello 1997 (94 points, $112)

From one of the region's great traditional style producers comes this outstanding Barolo. The '97 Colonello is a racy young wine, with lots of class. Very refined aromas of flowers, raspberries and plums, with hints of spice. Starts off slow on the palate —James Suckling

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