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$15 to $30

Aug. 03, 2005: PERRIN & FILS Côtes du Rhône-Villages Vinsobres Les Cornuds 2003 (91 points, $23)

Deliciously ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit races along fine tannins and fresh acidity, while floral, mineral and tar notes play in the background. Structured, balanced and focused. Drink now through 2007. 900 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Aug. 02, 2005: MÄHLER-BESSE Toro Oro Reserva 1994 (91 points, $18)

This traditional red shows an intriguing mix of spice, raisin, cigar and mineral flavors over a thick, firm texture. Hints of earth and mushroom betray its age, but it still has power and focus. An impressive throwback. Drink now through 2009. 1,500 cases —Thomas Matthews

Aug. 01, 2005: CHÂTEAU COUPE ROSES Minervois Cuvée Vignals 2003 (91 points, $16)

Firm and intense, with plenty of stuffing, in a Châteauneuf style. It has a gamy, fruity aroma and layers of plum, dark cherry, smoke and spice flavors. Pepper-steak notes provided depth on the finish. Tempting now. Best from 2006 through 2009. 600 cases —Kim Marcus

Jul. 30, 2005: STEELE Chardonnay Carneros Sangiacomo Vineyard 2001 (92 points, $26)

Rich and full-bodied, with ripe, fleshy pear, guava, mango and hints of tropical fruit. Holds a rich, fruity profile and the flavors glide along, ending with a dash of citrus. Drink now. 500 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 29, 2005: CAVEN Valtellina Superiore Inferno Al Carmine 2001 (91 points, $28)

Bright cherry, floral and berry character with hints strawberries. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a lively finish. A pretty wine. Best after 2006. 1,000 cases made. —James Suckling

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