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May. 02, 2001: CHEHALEM Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Ridgecrest Vineyards (92 points, $39)

Round, firm, and packed with beautiful plum, berry and spice flavors; built to keep the tannins from overpowering the wine. The flavors just last and last, getting prettier by the sip. Best after 2003. 996 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 28, 2001: H. DÖNNHOFF Riesling Spätlese Nahe Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube 1999 (93 points, $32)

Great complexity and depth. Mineral and licorice elements highlight this extracted '99 Riesling of fine length. Its thick texture and lively structure bode well for the future. Best from 2003 through 2012. 400 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 26, 2001: LEWIS Chardonnay Sonoma County 1999 (92 points, $37)

This young Chardonnay impresses with its ripe, complex flavors -- rich layers of fig, honey, apricot, honeysuckle and citrus, all turning elegant and sophisticated. Drink now through 2006. 2,100 cases made. —James Laube

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

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