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$15 to $30

Oct. 05, 2005: ALAIN JAUME Lirac Clos de Sixte 2003 (90 points, $20)

Showy, opulent raspberry and blackberry jam aromas and flavors lead the way for firm hot stone, iron, cocoa and tar notes. Muscular finish really pumps out the fruit and structure together. Impressive. Drink now through 2010. 900 cases imported. —James Molesworth

Oct. 04, 2005: DOMAINE DU COLOMBIER Chinon Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2003 (90 points, $18)

Dark, with a tarry intensity to the black currant, tobacco, iron and smoke flavors. Firm and muscular but with plenty of flesh and minerality on the finish. Drink now through 2009. 1,400 cases made. —James Molesworth

Oct. 03, 2005: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Merlot Colchagua Valley Cuvée Alexandre 2003 (90 points, $20)

Ripe and smoky, with lots of plum and blackberry fruit supported by dark cocoa. Rich, fleshy finish. A sure crowd-pleaser. Drink now through 2006. 10,466 cases made. —James Molesworth

Oct. 01, 2005: DOMAINE DES BAUMARD Savennières 2003 (90 points, $22)

Riveting acidity from start to finish, along with freshly cut quince, peach, orange blossom and mineral flavors. Long and stony with nice precision, followed by a real mouthwatering tang. Drink now through 2015. 3,750 cases made. —James Molesworth

Sep. 30, 2005: STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN Zinfandel Napa Valley Mayacamas Range 2002 (88 points, $28)

Smooth, with a pretty oak core that folds in well, with vibrant wild berry and minty sage notes, finishing with a dry aftertaste that shows an edge of bramble. Drink now through 2008. 4,000 cases made. —James Laube

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