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Apr. 25, 2001: BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Yamhill County The Beaux Frères Vineyard 1999 (94 points, $63)

Bright, supple and open-textured, offering disarmingly pure currant and blackberry flavors that linger elegantly on the extra-long finish. Not a blockbuster; it's just yummy and refined. Tannins aren't intrusive, making this tempting now through 2009. 3,1 —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 24, 2001: BERINGER Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve (90 points, $100)

An outstanding wine, ripe and intense, with firm layers of earthy currant, anise, black cherry and plum flavors framed by tight tannins and spicy, cedary oak notes. Best from 2002 through 2010. 14,000 cases made. —James Laube

Apr. 21, 2001: FERRARI-CARANO Chardonnay Napa-Sonoma Counties Reserve (89 points, $32)

Founded in 1981 by Don and Rhonda Carano, this winery has built a name for itself over the years. Their '98 Reserve Chardonnay is elegant, with rich, ripe pear, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg shadings that are deep and well-rounded, finishing with a long, com —James Laube

Apr. 18, 2001: FISHER Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lamb Vineyard 1997 (93 points, $75)

Here's another terrific red from California's outstanding '97 vintage. Wonderful richness, depth, complexity and concentration to this Napa Cabernet, its layers of spicy currant, anise, blackberry, plum and light toasty oak folding together for a deliciou —James Laube

Apr. 17, 2001: DOMAINE TEMPIER Bandol Cuvée Spéciale 1998 (91 points, $35)

Made from Mourvèdre, this robust, rich and meaty-tasting French red offers roasted red plum and berry flavors and a good backbone of acidity. There's a beautiful aroma of kirsch and clove, with appealing leathery notes on the finish. Best from 2002 throu —Kim Marcus

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