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Oct. 12, 2005: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Cuvée Alexandre 2003 (89 points, $20)

Muscular and brutish now, with thick dark cocoa and toast dominating the blackberry and currant fruit. Big, brawny finish is loaded, but very tight. Worth cellaring to see if the fruit can push through the toast. Best from 2006 through 2008. 10,486 cases —James Molesworth

Oct. 11, 2005: TERRE DA VINO Barolo 2002 (90 points, $23)

Aromas of plums, blackberries and raisins follow through to a full-bodied palate, velvety tannins and a plummy, fresh herb aftertaste. Well done. And excellent value. Best after 2007. 10,000 cases made. —James Suckling

Oct. 10, 2005: TORBRECK Cuveé Juveniles Barossa Valley 2004 (90 points, $25)

Smooth, ripe and generous, brimming with cherry, raspberry, pepper and bittersweet chocolate flavors, which linger enticingly on the fine-grained finish. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2010. 6,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Oct. 08, 2005: PLANTAGENET Shiraz Western Australia Omrah 2003 (90 points, $16)

Juicy, distinctive stuff, lively with red berry, rhubarb and black pepper aromas and flavors that linger on the fine-grained texture through a well-formed finish. Has style and grace, and the stuff to age. Drink now through 2008. 5,000 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Oct. 07, 2005: JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT Chinon Les Picasses 2003 (90 points, $20)

Rustic for an '03, with briary tannins and olive and chalk notes holding the upper hand over black currant fruit. Firm, structured finish shows game and black olive hints. Complex and lengthy. Drink now through 2008. 2,900 cases made. —James Molesworth

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