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May. 23, 2005: AUGUST WEST Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard 2003 (92 points, $42)

Impeccable balance, with a rare combination of richness and delicacy. The fruit is ripe but not overly so, with layers of plum and blueberry that are supple, fleshy and complex. Long, luxurious finish. Drink now through 2009. 184 cases made. —James Laube

May. 21, 2005: LUCIEN LE MOINE Volnay Clos des Chênes 2002 (93 points, $75)

An exuberant aroma of ripe cherry mingles with spicy oak in this alluring Pinot Noir. Dense and firm, yet supple in texture. The oak dominates the graceful finish today, but it's balanced by a kernel of sweet fruit. Best from 2007 through 2015. 25 cases m —Bruce Sanderson

May. 20, 2005: TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Fortuna Vineyard 2002 (94 points, $50)

A rich, seductive style, with tiers of flavor built around a center of ripe currant, blackberry and plum and lots of exotic mocha-cedar and spicy oak that add wonderful dimension. Also wins points for its smooth, harmonious texture, finishing with a stron —James Laube

May. 19, 2005: JEAN GRIVOT Clos de Vougeot 2002 (94 points, $85)

Tight and backward, but offers dense textures and concentrated cherry, blackberry and spice flavors. A solid core of fruit midpalate. Tannins are robust now; needs to be stored about 10 years. Best from 2012 through 2025. 125 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson

May. 18, 2005: LISINI Brunello di Montalcino Ugolaia 1999 (95 points, $125)

Fantastic. Loads of blackberry, cherry, cedar and tanned leather on the nose. Full-bodied, with a dense, powerful palate of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. A muscular Brunello with all the stuffing for aging. Best after 2006. 500 cases made. —James Suckling

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