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Nov. 03, 1999: ROBERT MONDAVI Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve (96 points, $100)

Rich and complex yet restrained in style, with pretty coffee, currant, black cherry, spice and anise flavors that fan out nicely, this California Cabernet turns particularly elegant and polished on the long finish. Drink now through 2007. 20,000 cases mad

Oct. 28, 1999: BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATE Shiraz Barossa Valley E&E Black Pepper (97 points, $60)

A profound wine, this Australian Shiraz burrows deep into its plush texture to reveal gorgeous flavors of ripe plum, berry and exotic spice, all balanced impressively on an elegant frame. The tannins are refined and well integrated. Approachable already,

Oct. 23, 1999: BODEGAS VEGA SICILIA Ribera del Duero Unico Gran Reserva 1986 (95 points, $150)

Another classic from the bodega that helped put Ribera del Duero on the map. Muscular but not overbearing, this big Spanish red marries ripe fruit and plenty of oak, with a nice mix of plum, chocolate, licorice and spice flavors backed by firm, well-integ

Oct. 21, 1999: BODEGAS ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ Ribera del Duero Pesquera Reserva (90 points, $48)

Brute force. Made from the Tempranillo grape, this powerful red shows a deep color, ripe aromas of plum and prune and plenty of chocolate and toasty oak flavors. Full-bodied and packed with ripe tannins, this muscular wine should develop well. Best after

Oct. 19, 1999: SNOWDEN Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (93 points, $45)

Firm and tight, with gritty tannins leading the way to a core of currant and black cherry flavors. Momentum builds slowly, revealing extra layers of flavor and depth, finishing with herb and tea notes. Needs time. Best from 2002 through 2010. 5,904 cases

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