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Mar. 14, 2002: CHÂTEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE St.-Julien 1999 (90 points, $33)

Well done. Good, dark color to this '99, with lots of plummy, berry and cassis bush character. It's medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2004. 21,500 cases made. Spectator Selection.

For a complete look at '99 r —James Suckling

Mar. 12, 2002: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Clos Apalta Rapel Valley 1999 (92 points, $55)

In the western end of Chile's Rapel wine region lies the rugged Colchagua Valley. Here Casa Lapostolle has set up shop to produce this high-end red which has quickly becomes one of the country's top wines. Crammed with fruit, this raspberry confiture-scen —James Molesworth

Mar. 07, 2002: NIGL Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Kremstal Privat 2000 (94 points, $52)

This Austrian Riesling is very youthful, like it's just out of the fermenter, yet bursting with ripe peach, apricot and citrus flavors. There's a raw edge to the steely structure, but also intensity and concentration. All the elements are in place, it jus —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 05, 2002: LEEUWIN Chardonnay Margaret River Art Series 1998 (94 points, $65)

With its long track record, this has established itself as one of Australia's top white wines. Ravishing, remarkable for its densely packed flavors and elegant frame, a panoply of nectarine, pineapple, mineral, oatmeal and honey flavors that linger intens —Harvey Steiman

Mar. 04, 2002: CHÂTEAU LATOUR Pauillac 1999 (93 points, $129)

Though not a great vintage, '99 produced some outstanding reds nonetheless. No surprise that Latour is one of the top wines of the vintage -- big yet racy. Shows blackberry aromas, with a hint of spice, and is full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, firm —James Suckling

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