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$15 to $30

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

Apr. 21, 2005: SEVEN HILLS Merlot Columbia Valley Klipsun Vineyard 2002 (89 points, $30)

Firm and chewy, with candied blackberry and currant flavors, picking up earthy notes on the finish. Best from 2006 through 2012. 250 cases made. —Harvey Steiman

Apr. 20, 2005: ÖKONOMIERAT REBHOLZ Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Pfalz Kastanienbusch 2003 (89 points, $30)

Ripe and creamy, with candied apple, but this lacks oomph and flavor intensity midpalate. Drink now. —Bruce Sanderson

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