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$15 to $30

Nov. 19, 2004: SCALA DEI Priorat Cartoixa Reserva 2000 (91 points, $26)

Alluring spice notes of cinnamon and clove add complexity to the ripe plum and sweet vanilla flavors in this rich red. It's balanced and expressive, not overly powerful, but brings you back for another sip. Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Drink no —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 18, 2004: ROSENBLUM Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile Road Vineyard 2002 (92 points, $26)

An opulent style, with ripe, rich fruit and layers of oak to dress it up. The core wild berry and black cherry flavors are rich and smooth and the wood, with its exotic smoky spice and hazelnut shadings, adds a tasty dimension. Drink now through 2009. 4,2 —James Laube

Nov. 17, 2004: BODEGAS MARQUÉS DE VITORIA Rioja Gran Reserva 1994 (90 points, $27)

Remarkably fresh in texture, but maturing in flavor, this red shows plum, tobacco, lead pencil and spice flavors over firm, well-integrated tannins. Impressive concentration; traditional style. Drink now through 2009. 9,000 cases made. From Spain. —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 16, 2004: CHARLES JOGUET Chinon Clos du Chêne Vert 2002 (92 points, $29)

Dark, nearly brooding nose of black currant and tobacco, this is a dense wine packed with fruit, iron, smoke, game and plum sauce notes that expand through the finish. It's got plenty of grip and structure, but stays remarkably supple. Drink now through 2 —James Molesworth

Nov. 15, 2004: RAVENSWOOD Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Teldeschi 2002 (88 points, $30)

Intense and concentrated, with a tight band of earth, anise, black berry and wild berry fruit that's well-focused, with firm tannins and excellent structure. Drink now through 2008. 2,672 cases made. —James Laube

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