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Nov. 26, 2005: KUYEN Maipo Valley 2003 (90 points, $22)

Ripe, fleshy and focused, with lots of black currant, cocoa, tobacco, mineral and loam flavors. A bit tight on the finish, but juicy and concentrated. Cellar short-term. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2006 through 2009. 1,000 cases made. —James Molesworth

Nov. 24, 2005: DE BORTOLI Sémillon New South Wales Noble One Botrytis 2003 (91 points, $26/375ml)

Silky, sweet and distinctive for its creamy, spicy fig and honey flavors, hinting at pineapple as the finish persists. Drink now through 2013. 3,000 cases imported. —Harvey Steiman

Nov. 23, 2005: HEIDSIECK MONOPOLE Brut Champagne Blue Top NV NV (89 points, $30)

Honey, baking bread, citrus and hazelnut mingle in the creamy texture, all balanced by bright acidity. Good harmony and a moderate aftertaste of honey on whole wheat toast. Drink now through 2007. 200,000 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 22, 2005: ANDRÉ & MIREILLE TISSOT Arbois Sélection 2002 (89 points, $23)

Enticing, with walnut, candied lemon peel, apricot, blanched almond, graham and buttered brioche aromas and flavors. Long, stony finish is backed by a tingling orange zest hint. Chardonnay and Savagnin. Drink now through 2006. 1,500 cases made. —James Molesworth

Nov. 21, 2005: QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro Meandro 2002 (89 points, $20)

Sinewy, with well-structured flavors of dark plum, French roast, mineral and tobacco leaf. If you are tired of the oaky, jammy style and are looking for a distinctive flavor profile, this is your wine. Drink now through 2007. 6,916 cases made. —Kim Marcus

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