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Jan. 24, 2005: SHALE RIDGE Syrah Monterey 2003 (86 points, $8)

Supple, with very good intensity to black cherry, beef and currant flavors. Lively structure folds together with fruit, earth tones and cedary oak on the finish. Drink now through 2008. 4,486 cases made. From California. —James Laube

Jan. 22, 2005: BENI DI BATASIOLO Chardonnay Langhe Serbato 2003 (85 points, $11)

A decent Chardonnay, with ripe lemon, apple pie and soft mineral aromas and flavors. Medium body, with a minerally finish. Drink now. From Piedmont, Italy. 7,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Jan. 21, 2005: JEWEL COLLECTION Petite Sirah California 2002 (85 points, $10)

Intense and lively, with blueberry, raisin and violet overtones. Crisp structure folds into ripe fruit and vanilla notes on the finish. Drink now through 2006. 10,800 cases made. From California. —James Laube

Jan. 20, 2005: VIÑA SANTA RITA Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Reserva 2002 (86 points, $12)

More traditional profile, with firm, cedary tannins supporting dried currant, coffee, dried herb and bittersweet cocoa flavors. Concentrated and balanced, but for fans of the style. Drink now through 2006. 125,000 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Jan. 19, 2005: BAVA Chardonnay Piemonte Thou Bianc 2003 (87 points, $11)

Golden color, with ripe apple, pineapple, piecrust and floral, mineral notes. Full-bodied and slightly waxy, with a lemon curd and ripe apple finish. Slightly ponderous but interesting. Drink now. 3,500 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

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