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Oct. 17, 2000: BEAULIEU VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Georges de Latour Private Reserve 1997 (95 points, $100)

This Cabernet has one of the longest track records in California Cabernet history, and the '97 is an extraordinary wine. Dense, rich and earthy, with tiers of complex currant, earth, cedar, black cherry, mineral and anise flavors, keeping a tight, sharp f —James Laube

Oct. 16, 2000: CASTELLO BANFI Cabernet Sauvignon Sant\'Antimo Tavernelle 1997 (92 points, $37)

Here's an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany. Interesting aromas of ripe fruit and meat, with hints of dried herbs. Full-bodied and very concentrated, with plenty of velvety tannins and a long finish. Give it time in the bottle. Best after 2001. —James Suckling

Oct. 14, 2000: TENUTA DELL'ORNELLAIA Toscana Masseto (96 points, $240)

From the amazing '97 vintage in Tuscany comes this classic — one of the original "super Tuscans." Big and powerful Merlot, with loads of fruit and concentration. Dark ruby color. Intense aromas of blackberries, spices and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with —James Suckling

Oct. 13, 2000: BARONE RICASOLI Toscana Casalferro 1997 (94 points, $38)

From Tuscany's fantastic '97 vintage comes this outstanding monster of a red. Aromas of coffee, roasted meat and ripe berries. Full-bodied, with mouthpuckering tannins and an enormous concentration of fruit. What it lacks in elegance and sophistication it —James Suckling

Oct. 10, 2000: BEAULIEU VINEYARD Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley 1997 (94 points, $40)

Here's another outstanding Cabernet blend from a California winery with a long track-record. Big, bold, rich and polished, an immense and deeply concentrated wine, laden with ripe plum, currant, anise, green olive and cedar notes, finishing with gripping —James Laube

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