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Jul. 07, 2000: M. CHAPOUTIER Hermitage La Sizeranne 1998 (96 points, $78)

A fabulous northern Rhône. This serious Hermitage has its roots deep in hillside soil, with mineral, wet earth and grilled character. Intense and complex, showing a toasted, smoky essence and loads of blackberry flavors. Refined tannins turn firm and giv —Kim Marcus

Jul. 06, 2000: KISTLER Chardonnay Sonoma Valley Durell Vineyard 1997 (95 points, $50)

From California—s perhaps top Chardonnay producer comes yet another great release. The '97 Durell is a seamless wine of classic proportions. Ripe, rich and polished, with tiers of pear, citrus, melon, hazelnut and fig culminating in a long, polished aft —James Laube

Jul. 01, 2000: DOMAINE DES BAUMARD Quarts de Chaume (94 points, $40)

There's a lovely crystallike purity to this Loire white (made from late-harvested Chenin Blanc), with orange and cherry blossom weaving through citrus flavors and notes of almond and honey. It's high-toned but has plenty of intensity, with a core of ripe, —Kim Marcus

Jun. 24, 2000: CAPARZO Brunello di Montalcino La Casa (91 points, $85)

Here—s an oustanding Brunello from the excellent '95 vintage. Fine, elegant and long. Floral and aromatic, with red licorice character, medium body, very polished and fine tannins and a fresh finish. Give it time; best after 2002. 2,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Jun. 22, 2000: CASANOVA DI NERI Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1995 (94 points, $49)

This is a blockbuster Brunello -- the real thing. Tastes very ripe and earthy, with lots of wonderful fruit and wet leaf character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Best from 2000 through 2008. 3,945 cases made. —James Suckling

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