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May. 06, 2005: RUFFINO Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Il Greppone Mazzi Riserva 1999 (93 points, $80)

Extremely bright and floral, with blackberry, plum and cedar and just a hint of fresh porcini mushroom. Full-bodied, with chewy yet refined tannins and a long, caressing finish. Beautiful. Best after 2005. 665 cases made. —James Suckling

May. 05, 2005: DE TRAFFORD Shiraz Stellenbosch 2002 (92 points, $60)

Pure fruit expression, with lush blackberry and boysenberry followed by enticing cocoa, fig, mineral and tobacco flavors. Fine-grained tannins and well-embedded acidity work together on the finish for a finely stitched feel. Drink now through 2006. 44 cas —James Molesworth

May. 04, 2005: BODEGA NOEMÍA DE PATAGONIA Rio Negro Valley 2002 (93 points, $155)

Gorgeous nose of raspberry and fig compote and a creamy, dense palate of dark berry fruit, vanilla, spice, graphite and mocha. The long finish drips with fruit, but has great underlying acidity and minerality to keep it going. Pretty suave. Malbec. Drink —James Molesworth

May. 03, 2005: IL POGGIONE Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999 (95 points, $85)

Wonderful aromas of crushed berries and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with loads of fruit and big, velvety tannins. Goes on and on. Best ever from here. Best after 2006. 2,500 cases made. —James Suckling

May. 02, 2005: E. GUIGAL Ermitage White Ex Voto 2001 (93 points, $200)

Packed with mango, peach, melon and macadamia nut flavors, this maintains terrific focus and intensity through the long, ripe, butter- and toast-filled finish. Almost tannic, with the spine for serious cellaring. Drink now through 2012. 700 cases made. —James Molesworth

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