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Sep. 07, 2005: FRANÇOIS CAZIN Cour-Cheverny Le Petit Chambord Vendanges Manuelles Cuvée Renaissance 2002 (90 points, $22)

Lovely aromas of lemon verbena, pear and pickled ginger lead to a crisp, nervy white with racy floral, mineral, honey and paraffin notes. Long, filigreed finish picks up a touch of sweetness, yet stays crisp. Drink now through 2008. —James Molesworth

Sep. 06, 2005: LES VINS DE VIENNE Coteaux du Languedoc Transhumance 2003 (91 points, $30)

This big powerful red has an aroma of Asian spice and is loaded with flavors of raspberry, anise, red plum and spice. Plenty of structure in this as well, with a finish filled with peppery and meaty notes. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2006 th —Kim Marcus

Sep. 03, 2005: PERRIN & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards 2003 (91 points, $30)

Juicy, modern style, with mocha, blackberry, fig and boysenberry flavors mingling with tar and mineral notes. Firm finish has plenty of pure fruit for balance, and this gains steam in the glass too. Drink now through 2013. 6,700 cases made. —James Molesworth

Sep. 02, 2005: VIÑAS FAMILIA ARISTI Malbec Mendoza Melipal 2003 (91 points, $20)

Ripe and concentrated, but lovely freshness too, with mint, blackberry, toast and spice notes pumping through from start to finish. Long, mocha-tinged finish. Drink now through 2008. 1,400 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Sep. 01, 2005: VIÑA DOÑA PAULA Malbec Luján de Cuyo Selección de Bodega 2002 (91 points, $30)

Dense, with lots of dark plum, boysenberry and raspberry fruit. Smoke, loam and briar notes emerge on the finish. Fleshy and muscular now, with fine structure. Drink now through 2008. 2,500 cases made. —James Molesworth

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