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Sep. 04, 2000: ROBERT MONDAVI Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve (93 points, $120)

From a winery that needs no introduction. The '97 Reserve Cab is packed with currant, black cherry, plum, cedar and spice nuances, finishing long and complete. This Mondavi reserve is a dark, immense, deeply concentrated and sharply focused red. Best from —James Laube

Aug. 31, 2000: PRIDE Merlot Napa-Sonoma Counties 1998 (93 points, $38)

From a winery that is really on a roll recently comes this impressive Merlot. Espresso-style, deeply concentrated, boasting a core of rich currant, coffee, black cherry and anise. Firms up on the finish, where a touch of bay leaf adds complexity to the fl —James Laube

Aug. 30, 2000: DUCKHORN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (91 points, $45)

From a winery synonymous with Merlot comes an outstanding Cabernet. This is one of the last wines made by winemaker Tom Rinaldi before he left to join the Chalone group. Delicious. Dark, rich and polished, with deep flavors of earthy currant, black cherry —James Laube

Aug. 28, 2000: ROBERT CRAIG Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 1997 (94 points, $44)

Here's an outstanding California Cabernet from the great '97 vintage. Enormously rich and concentrated, brimming with flavors of black cherry, boysenberry and chocolate, with spicy, cedary notes. Turns rich, firm and creamy all at the same time. Drink now —James Laube

Aug. 25, 2000: ZIND-HUMBRECHT Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St.-Urbain 1998 (93 points, $60)

From arguably Alsace's top producer comes this outstanding grand cru Riesling. Delivers a huge mouthful of exotic fruits -- papaya, guava, apricot -- as well as smoke notes. Rich and full-bodied, it shows the flamboyant side of Riesling. Thick in texture, —Bruce Sanderson

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