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Jun. 02, 2005: ACHÁVAL-FERRER Malbec Mendoza Finca Bella Vista 2002 (92 points, $85)

So dense it seems monolithic right now, but look carefully and you'll see the layers of boysenberry, raspberry and black fig fruit rippling underneath all the loam and toast. Despite its weight, there's fine acidity stitching it all together. One for the —James Molesworth

Jun. 01, 2005: LUCIEN LE MOINE Meursault Les Perrières 2002 (93 points, $85)

This captures the essence of the soil: Mineral, citronella, peach and vanilla aromas and flavors seemingly float on the vivid structure in this lively white. It builds in intensity and resonates on the long finish. Plenty of power, yet stylish. Best from —Bruce Sanderson

May. 31, 2005: JOSEPH PHELPS Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002 (92 points, $48)

A rich, dense and deeply concentrated young Cabernet, with layers of currant, plum, spice, cedar and blueberry notes that are tightly focused and supported by firm, ripe tannins. Impressive also for its balance and amplitude, it should reward short- to me —James Laube

May. 30, 2005: PRATS & SYMINGTON Douro Chryseia 2003 (92 points, $51)

Powerful and ripe, like a dry Port, with loads of dark plum, dark cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Intense, with plenty of tannins, but within bounds and showing an underlying sense of finesse and elegance. Just a baby now. Best from 2007 thro —Kim Marcus

May. 28, 2005: SEGHESIO Zinfandel Alexander Valley Home Ranch 2003 (92 points, $33)

Captures the essence of Zinfandel with its wonderful purity of flavor. Built around a center of wild berry, black cherry and boysenberry, delivering a mouthful of fruit with light oak shadings and a long, luxurious finish that keeps repeating the berry th —James Laube

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