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Jan. 24, 2005: ODFJELL Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Orzada 2003 (89 points, $20)

Lots of mocha and vanilla here, but plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit to back it up. Long and ripe on the finish, where a cocoa-powder note lingers. Rich, modern-styled Cabernet. Drink now through 2006. 1,255 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Jan. 22, 2005: KUYEN Maipo Valley 2002 (89 points, $22)

Shows the game, plum and sanguine notes of Syrah, along with ripe black currant, cocoa and coffee flavors. Thick, burly finish needs a little time to harmonize fully, but very solid. The second wine of Antiyal, from Alvaro Espinoza. Drink now through 2007 —James Molesworth

Jan. 21, 2005: PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ Crozes-Hermitage White Mule Blanche 2002 (89 points, $26)

Lush and lengthy, with lemon zest, honeysuckle, almond and pear flavors that move languidly through the cream-textured palette. A nice mineral hint lends definition to the finish. Drink now through 2006. 3,775 cases made. From the Rhône, France. —James Molesworth

Jan. 20, 2005: DR. F. WEINS-PRÜM Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Graacher Himmelreich 2003 (90 points, $25)

Lovely. Vibrant, elegant and full of peach and lime notes, this remains balanced and flavorful from start to finish. It borders on mango and guava before ending with a juicy sensation. Drink now through 2015. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 19, 2005: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Merlot Colchagua Valley Cuvée Alexandre 2002 (89 points, $19)

Nice mix of red and black fruits here, with ambitious chocolate and toast as well. Chunky texture and notes of dried herb and cocoa powder take over on the finish, which shows concentration but could use a touch more polish. Still, quite tasty. Drink now —James Molesworth

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