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Feb. 05, 2003: DUCKHORN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Patzimaro Vineyard 1999 (92 points, $90)

Known for its Merlots, Duckhorn also makes fine Cabernet Sauvignon. This '99 offers excellent structure, range of flavors, depth and complexity, with taut tannins wrapped snugly around a core of spicy currant, cherry pie and blackberry flavors. Long, smoo —James Laube

Feb. 03, 2003: BODEGAS CARO Mendoza 2000 (90 points, $40)

This is the debut release for this Catena-Rothschild joint venture. Nice mix of ripe, crushed berries, vanilla, spice and cedar notes, with an elegant texture and pretty finish. Good ripeness and weight here, this may have some staying power despite its f —James Molesworth

Feb. 01, 2003: CAYMUS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2000 (92 points, $70)

Another outstanding Cabernet from this well-known California producer. Packs in lots of ripe, rich, complex Cabernet flavors, gushing with ripe currant, plum and wild berry, turning spicy and revealing pretty oak and herb shadings as well. Long, smooth af —James Laube

Jan. 28, 2003: BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Malbec Mendoza Catena Alta Angelica Vineyard 2000 (92 points, $55)

Argentina's Malbecs offer some terrific quality. This bottling is lovely, with captivating aromas of Valrhona chocolate, raspberry confiture and sweet smoke. Juicy and dense on the palate, with purity and focus to the raspberry and blackberry flavors that —James Molesworth

Jan. 27, 2003: LAGIER MEREDITH Syrah Mount Veeder 2000 (93 points, $50)

Dark, rich, intense and plush given its size and density of flavor, serving up a tight core of currant, plum, mineral, white pepper, sage and blackberry fruit. Amazing vibrancy and vitality to the fruit flavors. Tannins are substantial, too. Best from 200 —James Laube

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