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Jul. 10, 2001: BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve (92 points, $35)

The smoky, toasty, figgy, buttery aromas of this enticing white lead to similar rich flavors running deep and persistent, picking up notes of pear, apricot, citrus and melon. Finish zooms on and on. Drink now through 2004. 20,000 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 07, 2001: CORDERO DI MONTEZEMOLO Barolo Monfalletto (93 points, $36)

Here—s fabulous Piedmont red from the classically styled —96 vintage. Intense aromas of fresh roses, with balsamic and cherry notes, introduce this full-bodied, muscular Barolo. It's thick and rich, with velvety tannins and a long, chocolaty, meaty fi —James Suckling

Jul. 06, 2001: MARCHESI DI GRESY Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga (93 points, $90)

From the very ripe and outstanding —97 vintage, comes this big and chewy Barbaresco, meaty and succulent. Aromatic of cherry, cedar, meat and berry, the wine is full-bodied, with lots of fruit and tannins. Long, sweet fruit finish. Traditional, yet beau —James Suckling

Jul. 03, 2001: TORBRECK RunRig Barossa Valley (95 points, $150)

Here—s a classic Australian Shiraz, one of the top-scoring wines from our annual report on the region. Uncanny, the way the lapel-grabbing plum, berry and exotic spice flavors play out on a remarkably supple and elegant frame, with the fine tannins weav —Harvey Steiman

Jun. 29, 2001: MARIMAR TORRES Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Don Miguel Vineyard 1998 (88 points, $32)

Wonderful balance, with rich, smooth black cherry and plum and hints of chocolate, herb and mineral. Finishes with a broad band of flavor and enough tannin to merit short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2006. 4,502 cases made. —James Laube

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