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Jan. 06, 2005: BUONCRISTIANI Syrah Napa Valley Artistico 2002 (93 points, $48)

Firm, dense and concentrated, with two twists of the pepper mill in the bouquet, along with rich wild berry and blackberry fruit that's dark and intense, offering layers complexity and finishing with a long, intense aftertaste. Best from 2006 through 2012 —James Laube

Jan. 05, 2005: PIO CESARE Barbaresco Il Bricco 2000 (94 points, $137)

Ripe and rich Barbaresco with loads of velvety tannins, toasted oak and ripe fruit. Full-bodied, round and unctuous. Hard to resist now but will age very well indeed. Best after 2006. 520 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

Jan. 04, 2005: ALBAN Grenache Edna Valley 2003 (94 points, $56)

Superrich and concentrated, with a wealth of flavor, stretching out from espresso, huskleberry, currant, leather and beef carpaccio, accented by hints of vanilla, sage and dusty berry, ending with a long, intense, fully tannic aftertaste, but in the end i —James Laube

Jan. 03, 2005: DUMOL Syrah Russian River Valley Eddie's Patch 2002 (95 points, $66)

This is a delicious Syrah, pure, rich, intense and concentrated, with a wonderful core of zesty black cherry, blackberry, wild berry and pretty fresh earth scents. Just when you think the flow of flavors is about to slow down then the light, toasty vanill —James Laube

Dec. 31, 2004: PIERO BUSSO Barbaresco S. Stefanetto 2001 (93 points, $64)

Rich and concentrated with blackberry and raspberry aromas and a hint of wet earth. Full-bodied, with firm yet silky tannins and a long chewy finish. Impressive and tight now. Needs lots of bottle age. Best after 2009. 450 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy —James Suckling

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