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Curtis Winery debuted a Vineyard Series Syrah program with the release of its 2000 Syrah Crossroads Vineyard (suggested retail $32), 2000 Syrah Ambassador's Vineyard ($22) and 2000 Syrah Vogelzang Vineyard ($18); William Hill Winery has released its 2001 Napa Valley Chardonnay, featuring a creamy, bright fruit-forward style ($15), and its 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, said to said to be a rich, full-bodied wine with soft tannins ($22); Rodney Strong Vineyards has released several wines: its 1998 Alexander Valley Estate Merlot ($26), with a 22% blend of cabernet sauvignon to provide structure to the wine, and its Sonoma County Series that includes a 2001 Sonoma County Chardonnay ($14), a Cabernet ($18) and a Merlot ($18); Charles Creek Vineyards has released its 2001 Vista del Halcon, 2001 Hawk Hill Chardonnay ($22), with grapes from the Russian River Valley; Lake Sonoma Winery has released its 1999 Alexander Valley Cabsernet Sauvignon ($22), highlighted by cherry and raspberry and a lingering finish; Brancott Vine yards announced its latest New Zealand wines: 1999 Marlborough Reserve Merlot, Marlborough Reserve Pinot Noir 2000, Marlborough Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2002, and Gisborne Reserve Chardonnay 1999. All are imported by Allied Domecq Wines USA; Kenwood Vineyards has released its 2000 Sonoma County Zinfandel ($16), 2000 Jack London Zinfandel ($20) and 2000 Reserve mazzoni Zinfandel ($20); Schieffelin & Somerset has released new vintages from Terrazas de Los Andes, including single vineyard bottlings. Available are Gran Malbec Las Compuertas Vineyard 1999 and Gran Cabernet Sauvignon Los Aromos Vineyard 1999, both oak aged for 18 months and bottle aged for a year. Terrazas also produces chardonnay, malbec and cabernet in reserva vintages from select vineyards, and from the Mendoza region; From Australia come new vintages from Jacob's Creek, including Semillon Chardonnay 2002 ($8.49), Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 ($9.49) and Chardonnay 2002 ($8.49).
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