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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

Jun. 17, 2000: DOMAINE DE LA MORDORÉE Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée la Reine des Bois (95 points, $40)

This classic Châteauneuf is a thick, dense and immensely attractive red. Harmonious from start to finish, with distinct vanilla, sweet chocolate and spice character plus ripe black fruit, roasted game, grilled meat and smoke notes. Incredibly silky tanni —Kim Marcus

Jun. 12, 2000: TALBOTT Chardonnay Monterey Sleepy Hollow Vineyard (92 points, $35)

Deep, ripe, rich and concentrated, this outstanding California Chardonnay delivers layers of fig, pear, apple and melon and gains nice oaky touches of hazelnut and cedar before finishing with a burst of fruit. Drink now through 2005. 9,500 cases made. —James Laube

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