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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

Aug. 19, 2000: SAN FELICE Toscana Vigorello 1997 (92 points, $32)

Here—s an oustanding Tuscan red from the great 1997 vintage. This is big and plummy, full-bodied and tannic, with loads of vanilla and coconut, lots of pepper and berry character, too. Long, slightly hard finish. Needs time to mellow; best after 2003. 5 —James Suckling

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