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Nov. 01, 2004: J. & F. LURTON Chacayes Mendoza 2002 (92 points, $75)

Packed with dark fruit -- blackberry, currant, plum and fig -- held in check by a wall of dark, bittersweet cocoa and toast for now. But the finish shows flesh and concentration and the fruit follows the toast every step of the way, so let this blossom in —James Molesworth

Oct. 29, 2004: BRANCAIA Maremma Toscana Ilatraia 2002 (92 points, $56)

Very pretty blackberry, cherry and vanilla aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Beauty. Cabernet, Sangiovese and Petit Verdot. Very serious indeed. New wine entirely from the Brancaia estate in Maremma. Best after 2005. 1, —James Suckling

Oct. 28, 2004: DOMAINE TEMPIER Bandol Cuvée Spéciale La Migoua 2001 (94 points, $42)

Alluring for its spicy character, with rich flavors of dark raspberry, dark cherry and chocolate. A robust, full-bodied red that's filled with meat and mineral notes, which extend with mocha and cream on the finish. Luscious, with fine-grained tannins tha —Kim Marcus

Oct. 27, 2004: LA MAGIA Brunello di Montalcino 1999 (91 points, $39)

Lovely red with plum and cedar character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a caressing, pretty finish. Best after 2005. 3,750 cases made. From Italy. —James Suckling

Oct. 26, 2004: BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS O. Fournier ACrux Uco Valley 2001 (91 points, $44)

Dark and inviting with heady black currant, blackberry, coffee bean and bittersweet cocoa aromas and flavors that course through a full-bodied, dense and powerful finish. Still a bit tight in the end, so let this emerge with cellaring. Big wine. Tempranil —James Molesworth

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