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Feb. 22, 2005: VERAISON Syrah Napa Valley Black Bart Stagecoach Vineyards 2002 (92 points, $48)

A tasty mix of firm, ripe, dense wild berry, blackberry, loganberry, with touches of pepper and spice, this immense wine is supported by chewy, gritty tannins as well, along with a touch of dark chocolate, making it a candidate at this point for short-ter —James Laube

Feb. 21, 2005: SIMI Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Landslide 2001 (92 points, $33)

A delicious Cabernet at a terrific price. Smooth, rich and juicy, with tiers of lively black cherry, wild berry and blackberry fruit that are deeply concentrated with a supple, elegant mouthfeel. On the finish the tannins show some grip and a nice dusty, —James Laube

Feb. 19, 2005: SIDURI Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Pisoni Vineyard 2003 (92 points, $52)

Dark, rich, intense and concentrated, with plush blueberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit that's well-focused, deep and persistent. Shows off plenty of rich tannic strength, but in the end it's the fruit that shines through. Drink now through 2008. 50 —James Laube

Feb. 18, 2005: SANCTUM Shiraz Western Cape 2002 (92 points, $65)

Alluring aromas of crushed raspberry, cassis and blackberry fruit, with a racy palate of fruit, spice and toast. Smoky finish, but a nice underlying layer of cassis lingers as well. This really blossoms in the glass too. Debut of Mike Dobrovic's (of Mulde —James Molesworth

Feb. 17, 2005: MARCHESI DI GRÉSY Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga 2000 (92 points, $90)

Round and spicy with cedar, berry and fresh tobacco aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Beauty. Best after 2008. 1,150 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

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