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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

Apr. 14, 2001: DOMAINE DROUHIN Pinot Noir Oregon (90 points, $40)

A stylish red, perhaps a bit shy for the vintage, but it has all the requisites to develop well. It's firm in texture and bright in flavor, with exuberant raspberry and red cherry flavors popping through the fine-grained tannins and persisting on the fini —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 11, 2001: ALLEGRINI Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 1997 (93 points, $67)

Made from air-dried grapes, thus concentrating their sweetness, Amarone is one of the world's unique wines. This one from Allegrini is still closed, yet there are masses of fruit here, so give this outstanding Amarone some time. Vivid aromas of violets, b —James Suckling

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