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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

Feb. 09, 2000: S.A. HUËT Vouvray Cuvée Constance 1997 (100 points, $100/500ml)

Made from botrytised Chenin Blanc, the Cuvee Constance is Huët's top wine, made only in certain vintages. The '97 shows extraordinary richness, while an amazing amount of botrytis gives this sweet white a powerful spicy character, backed by masses of rip —Thomas Matthews

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