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Nov. 17, 2001: GAJA Langhe Costa Russi 1997 (97 points, $315)

Gaja's '97 Costa Russi is as great as his 1996. I love the mineral, berry and raspberry aromas, with a light mint undertone. Full-bodied, round and unctuous, with fine tannins and a long, ripe fruit aftertaste. Firm and tight. Forget this in the cellar fo —James Suckling

Nov. 16, 2001: DOMENICO CLERICO Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1997 (98 points, $76)

Piedmont enjoyed a stellar vintage in 1997 -- this classic Barolo is just one of many in this vintage. The best wine ever from Clerico and one of the best textbook Barolos I have ever tasted. Dark, with amazing aromas of crushed berries, flowers and spice —James Suckling

Nov. 14, 2001: PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ Hermitage La Chapelle 1999 (91 points, $127)

This is the flagship wine for this venerable Rhône négociant. The '99 La Chapelle is pretty, with a supple opulence enveloped in "fat" tannins and ripe fruit. Delivers plum, blackberry and black cherry character. Tight and firm for now, even closed. Nee —Per-Henrik Mansson

Nov. 10, 2001: KRUG Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Clos du Mesnil 1988 (99 points, $370)

This wine represents a rarity in Champagne -- it's a single vineyard wine as opposed to a blend. It's also nearly perfect. A tightly wound thoroughbred, with complex nut and biscuit notes playing off a floral freshness. Driving it all is a racy acidity ma —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 06, 2001: ALVARO PALACIOS Priorat L'Ermita 1998 (93 points, $180)

This is the flagship wine from the producer who helped bring this region to prominence a few years ago. Plush on the midpalate yet firm on the finish, this concentrated red delivers plenty of ripe fruit and toasty oak, balanced and rich. It has internatio —Thomas Matthews

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