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May. 26, 2000: BODEGAS MUGA Rioja Torre Muga Reserva 1995 (95 points, $55)

Muga—s high-end Torre Muga cuvée may be the best Rioja being made today. Beautifully aromatic, with notes of cassis, lilacs, coffee and spices, this sinuous Spanish red is polished and elegant, yet dense with fruit, oak and earthy flavors that linger a —Bruce Sanderson

May. 16, 2000: PHILIP TOGNI Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997 (91 points, $65)

Here's an oustanding Cab from California's excellent '97 vintage. Definitelyan earthy, beefy and leathery red, but that's just part of the story as itsmineral, currant, berry and cedar notes grow in complexity and turn elegant,yet retain a hearty, rustic —James Laube

May. 13, 2000: TRIMBACH Riesling Alsace Clos Ste.-Hune 1997 (94 points, $95)

Piercing, haunting aromas like shadows--first smoke, then apple and mineral--introduce this severe, no-compromise white. Sleek and focused, it shares only a hint of the quince, dried apricot, forest floor and mineral embedded in its steel framework. Subtl —Bruce Sanderson

May. 11, 2000: JEAN-MARC BOILLOT Bâtard-Montrachet 1998 (97 points, $195)

Amazing mouthfeel to this ultrarich and supersilky white Burgundy. Full-bodied, it displays loads of personality, with floral, dried apricot, perfume, late-harvestlike notes, and the texture is to die for as this balanced beauty curls around the palate an —Per-Henrik Mansson

Apr. 26, 2000: FRANÇOIS RAVENEAU Chablis Valmur 1997 (96 points, $95)

This could be the wine of the '97 vintage in Chablis. A seamless work of art, simply mind-boggling in its sheer balance. Medium- to full-bodied, it drapes a curtain of silk on the palate. Lovely fruit, earth and mineral, too, but it's the texture that is —Bruce Sanderson

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