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Dec. 29, 2004: QUIXOTE Petite Syrah Napa Valley Panza Stags' Leap Ranch 2002 (92 points, $40)

Pure and delicious Petite, notably supple with a generous offering of ripe, spicy plum and wild berry, a touch of hazelnut and nutmeg, and a touch of beef carpaccio, ending with a dash of pepper and ripe, integrated tannins. Drink now through 2012. 580 ca —James Laube

Dec. 28, 2004: D'ARENBERG Shiraz McLaren Vale The Dead Arm 2002 (92 points, $65)

Rich, complex, but not at all heavy-handed, a plush, heady mouthful of black cherry, blackberry, menthol and a wee touch of forest mushroom, all mingling in a rich-textured finish that lasts and lasts. Drink now through 2020. 500 cases imported. From Aust —Harvey Steiman

Dec. 27, 2004: PIERO BUSSO Barbaresco Borgese 2001 (92 points, $64)

Aromas of dried flowers, dried cherries and hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, silky finish. A beauty. More elegant than the Santo Stefanetto. Best after 2008. 540 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

Dec. 24, 2004: ALBINO ROCCA Barbaresco Vigneto Brich Ronchi 2001 (92 points, $68)

Fabulous aromas of crushed blackberries and strawberries follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft and velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Very aromatic red. Best after 2007. 1,620 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

Dec. 23, 2004: PAITIN Barbaresco Sorì Paitin Vecchie Vigne 2001 (93 points, $75)

Rich and decadent with mushroom, berry and cherry aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long ripe fruit aftertaste. Big wine. This is always impressive. Much better than the 2000. Best after 2008. 400 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

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