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$15 to $30

Jan. 17, 2005: JOHANN HAART Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2003 (90 points, $20)

This tastes like an orange creamsicle, with a nice combination of richness and acidity. It remains well-balanced, if on the soft side, with a lingering finish. Drink now through 2010. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 15, 2005: C. VON SCHUBERT Riesling Kabinett Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Maximin Grünhäuser Abstberg 2003 (90 points, $25)

A mix of herb and tropical fruit notes with a hint of mineral gets support from a moderately firm structure in this easygoing white. It remains delicate and focused, if atypical in style. Drink now through 2010. 1,000 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 14, 2005: NINO NEGRI Valtellina Superiore Inferno Mazér 2001 (90 points, $18)

Beautiful aromas of crushed plums with hints of spices. Full-bodied, yet balanced and refined with silky tannins and a long finish. This is always excellent value for the quality. Best after 2006. 4,600 cases made. From Lombrady, Italy. —James Suckling

Jan. 13, 2005: CONCHA Y TORO Carmenère Rapel Valley Casillero del Diablo 2003 (86 points, $15)

Lots of fleshy plum and black cherry fruit, with pretty notes of vanilla, tobacco and lavendar in the background. A good introduction to the grape. Drink now. From Chile. —James Molesworth

Jan. 13, 2005: TERRE DA VINO Barolo 2000 (90 points, $29)

Loads of ripe and up-front fruit on this, with just hints of cedar and dried mushrooms. Full-bodied, with a dense and ripe palate. Pleasing finish. Best ever from this big cooperative. Good value too. Best after 2005. 10,000 cases made. From Piedmont, Ita —James Suckling

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