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$15 to $30

Jul. 14, 2005: ROSENBLUM Petite Sirah San Francisco Bay Heritage Clones 2003 (89 points, $19)

Dark, dense, rich and concentrated. Loaded with layers of ripe plum, currant, blackberry and hints of tobacco and sage, this gushes with brawny fruit and muscular tannins. Best from 2006 through 2012. 2,937 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 13, 2005: ODFJELL Aliara Chile 2002 (89 points, $25)

Slightly firm at first, with cedar and vanilla framing the red currant and black cherry fruit. Nice hints of graphite and mineral on the medium-bodied finish. Opens in the glass. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carmenère. Drink now through —James Molesworth

Jul. 12, 2005: L'OSTAL CAZES Minervois La Livinière 2002 (89 points, $30)

Dense, robust red, with good concentration to the red cherry, smoke and meaty flavors. Good depth, but not a lot of finesse, with muscular tannins on the finish. Drink now. 1,250 cases made. —Kim Marcus

Jul. 11, 2005: RUTHERFORD HILL Chardonnay Napa Valley 2003 (89 points, $18)

This wine serves a tight, firm beam of mineral, pear and green apple fruit that's intense and direct, offering a hint of lemon and citrus on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2008. 6,431 cases made. —James Laube

Jul. 09, 2005: EL MASROIG Montsant Les Sorts Vinyes Velles 2002 (90 points, $25)

Supple and well-integrated, this red offers black cherry, mineral, tobacco and herbal notes, with firm, balanced tannins and a long, smoky finish. Drink now through 2009. 500 cases imported. —Thomas Matthews

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