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Oct. 17, 2001: KRUG Brut Champagne Grande Cuvée NV (93 points, $150)

One of the top Champagne houses', Krug's non-vintage wine is better than many houses vintage cuvées. This is distinctive and dramatic. New oak lends accents of vanilla and clove to the torrefaction flavors of coffee, nuts and citrus. It's all disp —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 11, 2001: ALDO CONTERNO Barolo Colonello 1997 (94 points, $112)

From one of the region's great traditional style producers comes this outstanding Barolo. The '97 Colonello is a racy young wine, with lots of class. Very refined aromas of flowers, raspberries and plums, with hints of spice. Starts off slow on the palate —James Suckling

Oct. 08, 2001: DESCENDIENTES DE J. PALACIOS Bierzo Corullón 1999 (93 points, $55)

This new project from Alvaro Palacios (of Priorat fame) takes the little known grape Mencía to new heights. Intense and intriguing, this distinctive red is polished and savage at once, with flavors of ripe black fruit, toasty oak and fragrant wild herbs. —Thomas Matthews

Oct. 03, 2001: MARCEL DEISS Gewürztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim Sélection de Grains Nobles 1989 (95 points, $75)

Here's a terrific Alsatian sweetie, a late release from the superb '89 vintage. Take the classic rose, litchi, grapefruit and spice flavors of Gewürztraminer, concentrate and amplify them, and you have this intense, mature, beautifully integrated sweet —Bruce Sanderson

Oct. 02, 2001: DEUTZ Brut Champagne Classic NV (90 points, $39)

With the end of the year approaching, you'll start to see the results of our Champagne tastings. This offering from Deutz was one of the top NV bruts. Lovely aromas and flavors of hazelnut, honey and citrus mingle with a firm yet rich structure in this el —Bruce Sanderson

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