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Mar. 15, 2001: A. CLAPE Cornas 1998 (93 points, $48)

Here's a blockbuster Northern Rhône red, made from 100 percent Syrah. Supple, delivering plenty of warm flavors, verging almost on raisiny. Full-bodied, offering round, rich tannins and concentrated fruit, it has a massive, chewy structure that's given s —Per-Henrik Mansson

Mar. 12, 2001: FRANZ HIRTZBERGER Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Trocken Wachau Spitzer Honivogl 1999 (94 points, $55)

From one of Austria's top producers comes this outstanding dry (trocken) Grüner Veltliner. Candied almond and pear give way to rich, intense violet and vegetal flavors. Full-bodied and unevolved, with a viscous texture and density. Palate-coating finish, —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 09, 2001: STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Fay (93 points, $100)

Here's an outsanding Fay vineyard Cabernet from a California winery with a long track record. Expands into a tremendously flavorful wine. Smooth, rich and spicy, with mocha and vanilla-scented currant and black cherry flavors that are elegant and sophisti —James Laube

Mar. 06, 2001: E. GUIGAL Côte-Rôtie La Turque (92 points, $150)

All three of Guigal's '96 single-vineyard Côte-Rôties (known as the "La-La" wines) earned Cellar Selection designations. Very complex. With its plum, mocha and dark chocolate and clean, fresh black currant, there is plenty to like in this full-bodied, h —Per-Henrik Mansson

Mar. 01, 2001: MER SOLEIL Chardonnay Central Coast (93 points, $40)

1998 was a difficult year for California, but some producers excelled nonetheless. The 1998 Mer Soleil Chardonnay is full-blown, opulent, lush and creamy, with juicy fig, tangerine, pear, pineapple and melon flavors that are neatly layered, finishing long —James Laube

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