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Jun. 24, 2000: CAPARZO Brunello di Montalcino La Casa (91 points, $85)

Here—s an oustanding Brunello from the excellent '95 vintage. Fine, elegant and long. Floral and aromatic, with red licorice character, medium body, very polished and fine tannins and a fresh finish. Give it time; best after 2002. 2,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Jun. 22, 2000: CASANOVA DI NERI Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1995 (94 points, $49)

This is a blockbuster Brunello -- the real thing. Tastes very ripe and earthy, with lots of wonderful fruit and wet leaf character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Best from 2000 through 2008. 3,945 cases made. —James Suckling

Jun. 17, 2000: DOMAINE DE LA MORDORÉE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée la Reine des Bois (95 points, $40)

This classic Châteauneuf is a thick, dense and immensely attractive red. Harmonious from start to finish, with distinct vanilla, sweet chocolate and spice character plus ripe black fruit, roasted game, grilled meat and smoke notes. Incredibly silky tanni —Kim Marcus

Jun. 12, 2000: TALBOTT Chardonnay Monterey Sleepy Hollow Vineyard (92 points, $35)

Deep, ripe, rich and concentrated, this outstanding California Chardonnay delivers layers of fig, pear, apple and melon and gains nice oaky touches of hazelnut and cedar before finishing with a burst of fruit. Drink now through 2005. 9,500 cases made. —James Laube

Jun. 10, 2000: PETER MICHAEL Les Pavots Knights Valley (92 points, $85)

Dark, ripe, rich and focused, this California Cabernet-based blend offers tiers of currant, mineral, anise, sage and cedar, all folding neatly together and finishing with a chocolaty edge. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Drink now through 2009. 4,351 —James Laube

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