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$15 to $30

Apr. 27, 2005: JOHANN HAART Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2003 (91 points, $22)

Rich, yet maintains elegance and vibrant acidity, which serves its orange cream, vanilla and mineral notes well--they stay focused through the long finish. Drink now through 2015. —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 26, 2005: BALTHASAR RESS Riesling Qualitätswein Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Erstes Gewächs 2003 (89 points, $26)

Plump and round, with a soft structure and ample flesh framing its apricot- and orange-tinged flavors. Though concentrated, it falls off a little on the finish. Drink now through 2009. 180 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson

Apr. 25, 2005: JEAN-MAURICE RAFFAULT Chinon Clos des Capucins 2002 (89 points, $26)

Lovely black cherry, brier, black olive, iron and toast flavors, with a ripe, muscular finish. Balanced and focused. Very solid. Drink now through 2006. —James Molesworth

Apr. 23, 2005: CHÂTEAU LAGRÉZETTE Cahors 2002 (90 points, $25)

Quite polished and filled with layers of concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum, boysenberry, black olive and cassis. Well-integrated tannins, though they need time to settle. Finishes with notes of chocolate-covered strawberry. Best from 2006 thro —Kim Marcus

Apr. 22, 2005: ORIN SWIFT The Prisoner Napa Valley 2003 (92 points, $25)

Dark, immense and packed with zesty wild berry, spice, floral and currant flavors that are sharply focused and well-defined. The long, persistent aftertaste offers a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Charbono and Petite —James Laube

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