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Aug. 04, 2000: LEONETTI Merlot Columbia Valley 1999 (93 points, $50)

Firm, flavorful and distinctly spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg overtones to the yummy, focused black currant and blackberry flavors. A racy red with great style and depth. Fine-grained tannins can use cellaring. Best from 2002 through 2008. 1,920 cases ma —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 02, 2000: LE MACCHIOLE Toscana Messorio 1997 (97 points, $85)

From the superb 1997 vintage comes this classic "super Tuscan." Near-perfect harmony to this. Unbelievable. Dark ruby-black in color, with stupendous aromas of blackberry, currant and mineral, and full in body, with masses of velvety tannins that go on an —James Suckling

Jul. 29, 2000: MARCHESI DI BAROLO Barolo (90 points, $40)

The '96 vintage in Piedmont was a very good one, and the recently released Barolos are starting to hit U.S. shores now. Glorious aromas of wild strawberries, minerals and tar introduce this full-bodied, tightly knit red, with big, velvety tannins and a me —James Suckling

Jul. 22, 2000: TENUTA SAN GUIDO Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia (93 points, $136)

Medium-dark ruby in the glass, with pretty aromas of spices, black currants, cherries and blackberries, this Tuscan red is full-bodied on the palate, with intense, velvety tannins. Long, long finish. Another outstanding Tuscan red from the excellent '97 v —James Suckling

Jul. 19, 2000: TENUTA DELL'ORNELLAIA Bolgheri Ornellaia (96 points, $100)

This "Super Tuscan" gem is black in color, with complex aromas of black currants, minerals and wet earth. Full-bodied, with lots of tannins, but very polished. Long, long finish. Superbly well-made -- a great Ornellaia. Best after 2004. 11,415 cases made. —James Suckling

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