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Oct. 13, 1999: SPOTTSWOODE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (93 points, $60)

Ripe, smooth and polished, with an elegant array of plum, black cherry, currant, herb and olive notes, with a rich aftertaste that lingers on and on. Delicious. Drink now through 2008. 4,087 cases made.

Oct. 07, 1999: GAJA Barbaresco Sori Tildin (95 points, $200)

From Piedmont's master winemaker comes this classic Barbaresco. Dark in color and beautifully compacted on the midpalate, where it displays gorgeous blackberry, black cherry, mint and spicy oak notes. Firm, ripe tannins. Needs time, as it tastes extracted

Oct. 02, 1999: STERLING Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 1996 (94 points, $50)

Ripe, smooth and harmonious, with layers of currant, cedar, coffee, anise and blackberry, it unfolds to reveal a supple texture, then firms up nicely on the finish. Best from 2000 through 2009. 7,000 cases made.

Sep. 30, 1999: CHARLES HEIDSIECK Brut Rosé Champagne (95 points, $53)

This wonderful rosé Champagne puts it all together, with lively balance, a creamy texture and a lingering finish. The fresh fruit flavors are mellow and complex but alive and kicking at 14 years old. Drink now through 2002. Tasted twice, with consistent

Sep. 28, 1999: SILVER OAK Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (90 points, $50)

Serves up lots of supple and complex currant, cedar, toasty oak, tobacco and anise flavors that are rich and focused, smooth and polished, firming up on the finish. Best from 2000 through 2008. 41,300 cases made.

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