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Mar. 09, 2000: LEWIS Syrah Napa County 1997 (93 points, $40)

Wonderful California Syrah. The dark, ripe, plush, juicy and complex flavors unfold in layers of plum, wild berry, chocolate and spice, and the long, intricate aftertaste is rich and full, with polished tannins. Best from 2001 through 2010. 300 cases made —James Laube

Mar. 03, 2000: FRANZ HIRTZBERGER Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Trocken Wachau Spitzer Honivogl 1998 (94 points, $40)

A sultry, smoky Grüner, luscious and creamy up front, with the underlying acidity revealing itself on the finish. Peach, vanilla and a white pepper note are some of the flavors in this complex, intense Austrian white. Drink now through 2010. —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 02, 2000: F.X. PICHLER Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Dürnsteiner Kellerberg 1998 (93 points, $70)

Incredibly harmonious, with well-expressed flavors of banana, violet, apricot, grapefruit and bitter almond allied with thick texture and crunchy acidity. This monolithic Austrian white is merely hinting at what's to come; your patience will be rewarded. —Bruce Sanderson

Mar. 01, 2000: VIÑA ALMAVIVA Puente Alto Maipo (91 points, $70)

Viña Almaviva is the result of a joint venture bewteen Chile—s famous Concha y Toro winery and the Rothschild family of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild fame. With Bordeaux-like aromatics of cedar, cigar smoke and cassis, this expansive but stylish Cabernet l —Kim Marcus

Feb. 23, 2000: NIEPOORT Vintage Port (98 points, $45)

This is the greatest modern vintage of Niepoort. Black color. Intense aromas of crushed berries and wet earth, with a slight stemminess. Full-bodied and mouthpuckering, with loads of fruit and powerful tannins. Amazingly long finish. A bodybuilder of a Po

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