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Jan. 01, 2001: CHÂTEAU LE PIN Pomerol 1998 (100 points, $615)

In the 1998 vintage for Bordeaux, the Pomerol appellation excelled. This perfect wine is going to be hard to find, but it should be a legend as time goes on. Incredibly rich, wild and exotic. Dark ruby in color, and decadent, with aromas of aged game, wil —James Suckling

Dec. 29, 2000: CHÂTEAU SMITH-HAUT-LAFITTE Pessac-Léognan (94 points, $36)

Another of the outstanding Pessac wines in '98 is the Smith-Haut-Lafitte. This young Bordeaux shows intense aromas of wet earth, stone and berries. It's full-bodied, with super-well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Very well made indeed, and mu —James Suckling

Dec. 27, 2000: CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION Pessac-Léognan (97 points, $198)

Jean Delmas, proprietor of Haut-Brion, has turned in another classic performance in the '98 vintage. Rich and wonderful wine, classic, with loads of vanilla, raspberry and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long aftertaste of berry, gr —James Suckling

Dec. 25, 2000: GIRARD Napa Valley (92 points, $40)

Girard winery was purchased by Leslie Rudd back in '96, and now Girard wines are a secondary label for Rudd Estate. Winemaker David Ramey is in charge. An intense and vibrant Bordeaux-style blend, offering a pretty array of black cherry, plum, sage, miner —James Laube

Dec. 23, 2000: BABCOCK Syrah Santa Barbara County Black Label Cuvée 1997 (93 points, $40)

Perhaps better known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Babcock has recently added Syrah to its lineup. This '97 is concentrated and very intense, outstanding for its layers of rich, opulent cassis, black cherry, game and perfumed spice. Has wonderful len —James Laube

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