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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

May. 25, 2002: RUSTENBERG Peter Barlow Stellenbosch 1999 (92 points, $34)

This 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa demonstrates that this region has serious potential. It pulls no punches, with a great beam of dark blackberry and currant flavors up front, creamy toast in the middle, and a pure, sleek, polished fini —James Molesworth

May. 23, 2002: PLANETA Chardonnay Sicilia 2000 (94 points, $34)

From Sicily comes this full-throttle Chardonnay, with all the Burgundy treatment (read, juicy Meursault) you could hope for. Loads of apple, vanilla and pineapple character. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and a long, butterscotch and ripe fruit aftertas —James Suckling

May. 21, 2002: VIADER Napa Valley 1999 (94 points, $75)

After a fine performance in the tough '98 vintage, Viader has turned out another outstanding wine from the more even '99 vintage. Very rich and distinctive, with spicy currant, leather, tobacco, cedar and mocha aromas, and complex, concentrated, earth, cu —James Laube

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