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Feb. 28, 2003
APALTAGUA Carmenère Colchagua Valley Grial 2000
87 points, $35
Alvaro Espinoza helps make this wine at this Chilean winery. This Carmenère is fresh and ebullient, with lively raspberry fruit, and a fleshy, round finish where the sweet fruit and smoky notes linger. Drink now. 422 cases made. —James Molesworth
Feb. 20, 2003
JOSEPH PHELPS Chardonnay Napa Valley Ovation 2000
89 points, $44
Fresh citrus, hazelnut and creamy fig flavors are elegant and well-balanced, building in intensity and complexity on the finish. Drink now through 2006. 1,500 cases made. —James Laube
Feb. 19, 2003
STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley S.L.V.
92 points, $100
Another fine '99 from Stag's Leap, the S.L.V. is firm and intense, a muscular style, with cedary oak dominating the chewy core of earthy currant, anise, tobacco and sage. Finishes with thick, integrated tannins; needs short-term cellaring. Best from 2005 —James Laube
Feb. 18, 2003
SAINTSBURY Chardonnay Carneros Reserve 2000
90 points, $35
This California Chardonnay is elegant and complex, weaving together a subtle array of ripe peach, apricot, dried fig and pretty, vanilla-scented oak. The best part is the finish, where the delicate flavors linger with vibrancy. Drink now through 2006. 1,5 —James Laube
Feb. 15, 2003
PATZ & HALL Chardonnay Napa Valley 2001
90 points, $33
Here's another California winery that has turned out a string of fine Chardonnays in recent years. A mix of rich, creamy pear, fig, honeysuckle and melon with a sense of elegance and finesse. Long, luxurious aftertaste. Drink now through 2006. 3,900 cases —James Laube
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