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Jan. 21, 2005: RAMEY Diamond Mountain District 2002 (92 points, $65)

Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is a notably complex and concentrated youngster, with a tasty core of ripe currant, black cherry, cedar, olive and sage notes that are well-focused, ending with a complex aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Caberne —James Laube

Jan. 20, 2005: PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ Hermitage White La Chevalier de Sterimberg 2002 (92 points, $72)

Gorgeous nose of freshly cut peaches and honeydew melon, this pumps out tropical fruit, blanched almond, floral and mineral notes through a long, rich finish. Hints of lemon zest, matchstick and fig skitter underneath as well. Lovely wine. Drink now throu —James Molesworth

Jan. 19, 2005: JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2003 (92 points, $40)

Young and unevolved, yet this shows remarkable clarity and delicacy for 2003. Very silky in texture and bright, framing the apricot, lime and slate flavors nicely. Very harmonious, with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 18, 2005: PAX Syrah North Coast Cuvée Keltie 2002 (93 points, $65)

Dark-hued, with rich, intense, deeply concentrated fruit built around a core of dense blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that flow across the palate. This deeply concentrated wine isn't shy about its tannins, either, yet they're ripe and integr —James Laube

Jan. 17, 2005: RED CAR Syrah Napa Valley The Fight Richard Perry Vineyard 2002 (93 points, $55)

Smooth-textured, with a wealth of flavor, offering tiers of raspberry, wild berry, cassis, currant and sage, picking up hints of white pepper, spice and finishing with a long, intricate aftertaste. Drink now through 2010. 198 cases made. From California. —James Laube

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