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Jun. 02, 2002: SHAFER Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 2000 (92 points, $37)

Intense and spicy, with an underlying sense of elegance and finesse. Layers of nutmeg and cedary oak match up well with a core of ripe pear, fig, citrus and apricot, finishing with a long, rich, complex aftertaste. Another mouthful of rich Chardonnay from —James Laube

May. 31, 2002: KONGSGAARD Chardonnay Napa Valley 1999 (93 points, $65)

Not only is this wine rich and concentrated, it offers lots of subtle flavor nuances, with ripe pear, fig, apricot, nectarine and hints of hazelnut and nutmeg. Drink now through 2006. 950 cases made. Highly Recommended. —James Laube

May. 30, 2002: JOSEPH PHELPS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999 (92 points, $42)

The '99 Napa Cab from Phelps is a rich, deftly balanced style, loaded with complex earthy currant, black cherry, anise, coffee and mocha flavors that are sharply focused. Long and concentrated on the finish, with a leathery streak working its way in. Best —James Laube

May. 28, 2002: SOTER Pinot Noir Yamhill County Beacon Hill 1998 (91 points, $48)

Tony Soter, of California's Etude, has recently debuted his own Oregon project. This initial release shows enticing aromas and deep, complex flavors that hit a lot of different notes, ranging from plum to mushroom, truffle and exotic spices. Texture has a —Harvey Steiman

May. 27, 2002: DOMINIO DE EGUREN Toro Numanthia 1999 (93 points, $45)

Made in a voluptuous international style, this lush Spanish red teems with toasty, chocolate oak flavors, thickly overlaid on ripe plum and blackberry fruit. It's well-structured, with firm, ripe tannins and heady alcohol. Impressive. Best from 2003 throu —Thomas Matthews

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