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Nov. 08, 2002: DESCENDIENTES DE J. PALACIOS Bierzo Corullón 2000 (93 points, $55)

Alvaro Palacios helped put Priorat on the map, and now he's doing the same for the formerly obscure Bierzo region of northwest Spain. Made from the Mencía grape, this red wine is beautiful and distinctive. It marries savage flavors with sleek structure, —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 07, 2002: BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Grande Année 1995 (95 points, $90)

Here's a brilliant offering from Champagne's ripe '95 vintage. Very distinctive aromas of coconut and vanilla, with oxidation adding complexity, followed by fresh citrus, oatmeal and honey notes. It's all displayed on a firm, powerful structure that needs —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 02, 2002: DALLA VALLE Maya Napa Valley 1999 (95 points, $140)

The '99 California Cabernets are an impressive group, so it's no surprise that the Dalla Valle Maya is a classic. Massive and concentrated, if a bit angular and tightly wound, with chewy, chunky leather, pencil lead, currant and herbal flavors that are fr —James Laube

Nov. 01, 2002: KRUG Brut Champagne 1988 (99 points, $190)

From arguably the top Champagne producer these days, this '88 keeps getting better. It shows brilliant aromas of coconut, tropical fruit, candied citrus peel and spring blossoms that hint at perfection, yet the structure is firm and unyielding. Then it al —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 28, 2002: WHITEHALL LANE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 1999 (94 points, $65)

Under the leadership of owner Tom Leonardini, this winery has come on strong in recent years. The '99 Reserve is a real mouthful of Cabernet, ripe, rich and plush, with mouthcoating currant and blackberry fruit that's deep and concentrated, echoing spicy —James Laube

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