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Apr. 20, 2000: BRICK HOUSE Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Les Dijonnais (94 points, $38)

This wine is deep, dense, rich and concentrated. Powerful aromas of blackberry, raspberry, currant and plum melt into a supple, beautifully structured mouthfeel that lasts and lasts. Seductive now, but just wait. Best from 2001 through 2010. 220 cases mad —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 12, 2000: LEWIS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve (93 points, $60)

Here—s an outstanding California Cabernet from the excellent '97 vintage. A bold, ripe, rich and polished, from an exciting Oakville producer, with layers of earthy currant, spice, mineral, plum and toasty, spicy oak. A wonderfully delicious young wine. —James Laube

Apr. 07, 2000: ETUDE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (92 points, $50)

Winemaker Tony Soter has fashioned another outstanding Cabernet. The '96 Etude is a tight, crisp California Cabernet that strings together a tasty ensemble of spicy, cedary currant, dried cherry and anise, finishing with a seamless band of tannins. Needs —James Laube

Apr. 04, 2000: BERINGER Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Private Reserve (92 points, $75)

From a classic vintage comes this outstanding California Cabernet. This wine is tight, with a firm band of cedar and spice wrapped around a core of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry. It fans out to reveal hints of olive and smoke, firming on the fini —James Laube

Mar. 24, 2000: DUCKHORN Merlot Napa Valley (88 points, $36)

Duckhorn has been synonymous with Merlot from California for two decades now. Its 97' Napa Merlot shows a strong cedary oak and earthy flavor at this stage, but also enough polished currant, anise and spice notes that firm up on the finish. Drink now thro —James Laube

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