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Nov. 16, 2000: MOCCAGATTA Barbaresco Basarin (95 points, $45)

A big, burly Barbaresco, this red is built for aging. It's extremely ripe, with prune, plum and floral aromas, and is full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Give it time. Best after 2005. 450 cases made. —James Suckling

Nov. 11, 2000: TYRRELL'S Shiraz McLaren Vale Reserve 1998 (92 points, $35)

Best known for producing traditional-style reds and whites, Tyrrell's has released a new reserve line that offers more fruit-driven wines. This one is rich, opulent and exotic, a lush mouthful of blackberry, tar, cinnamon and black pepper flavors that swi —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 09, 2000: FONTANABIANCA Barbaresco Sorì Burdin (96 points, $48)

Kaleidoscopic character. This full-bodied Piedmont red offers deep and rich aromas of ripe plum, meat and dried fruit, with wonderfully polished tannins and a finish of red fruit and spice that goes on for minutes. Best after 2004. 1,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Nov. 07, 2000: OPUS ONE Napa Valley 1997 (94 points, $140)

This is the well-known joint venture of Robert Mondavi and the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild. A rich, decidedly earthy style of Opus, showing currant, anise, black cherry, mineral, leather and sage flavors that are focused and complex. Drink now throu —James Laube

Nov. 03, 2000: BODEGAS VEGA SICILIA Ribera del Duero Unico Gran Reserva 1990 (95 points, $250)

Long considered Spain's top winery, Vega Sicilia has released another classic with their 1990 Unico. This wine, made from Tempranillo, receives several years of wood aging before it is bottled and released. It's a smooth and rich Spanish red, showing matu —Thomas Matthews

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