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Jan. 08, 2005: WILLI HAAG Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Brauneberger Juffer (AP 11) 2003 (90 points, $25)

Rose, slate and red berry aromas and flavors mark this exotic Riesling, whose structure is moderately firm. It picks up a tactile sensation on the finish, yet lingers pleasantly, with a licorice aftertaste. Drink now through 2012. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 07, 2005: CULLER Syrah Napa Valley 2002 (90 points, $30)

Dark-hued, with intense, concentrated beefy white pepper, wild berry, blackberry and cedary-tobacco-herbal scents that are tightly wound and well-focused, ending with a chewy core of tannins. Best from 2006 through 2012. 221 cases made. From California. —James Laube

Jan. 06, 2005: CASCINA GARITINA Barbera d'Asti Superiore Neuvsent’ 900 2001 (90 points, $27)

Pretty strawberry and blackberry jam aromas with hints of toasted oak. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a light vanilla and chocolate aftertaste with fruit. This is a new winery for me and an excellent Barbera. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. From Piedmon —James Suckling

Jan. 05, 2005: BOLLIG-LEHNERT Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2003 (90 points, $18)

Very ripe and exotic, evoking cantaloupe, mango and licorice notes on a lush frame. It offers very good acidity, with a lovely finish. Well done. Drink now through 2012. 525 cases made. From Germany. —James Molesworth

Jan. 04, 2005: J. WEGELER ERBEN Riesling Spätlese Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland 2003 (89 points, $30)

Very attractive flavors of peach, apricot and lemon mark this moderately structured Riesling. Not the clarity and harmony of the best in this category, but may just need time to settle down. Drink now through 2015. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

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