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Jan. 22, 2005: E. GUIGAL Condrieu La Doriane 2003 (91 points, $85)

Performs Condrieu's unique trick—delivers lots of showy floral, peach, melon, mango and fig notes along with a long, creamy, smoky finish that manages to avoid being blowsy. Beautiful. Drink now. 375 cases made. From the Rhône, France. —James Molesworth

Jan. 21, 2005: RAMEY Diamond Mountain District 2002 (92 points, $65)

Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is a notably complex and concentrated youngster, with a tasty core of ripe currant, black cherry, cedar, olive and sage notes that are well-focused, ending with a complex aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Caberne —James Laube

Jan. 20, 2005: PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ Hermitage White La Chevalier de Sterimberg 2002 (92 points, $72)

Gorgeous nose of freshly cut peaches and honeydew melon, this pumps out tropical fruit, blanched almond, floral and mineral notes through a long, rich finish. Hints of lemon zest, matchstick and fig skitter underneath as well. Lovely wine. Drink now throu —James Molesworth

Jan. 19, 2005: JOH. JOS. PRÜM Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2003 (92 points, $40)

Young and unevolved, yet this shows remarkable clarity and delicacy for 2003. Very silky in texture and bright, framing the apricot, lime and slate flavors nicely. Very harmonious, with a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 18, 2005: PAX Syrah North Coast Cuvée Keltie 2002 (93 points, $65)

Dark-hued, with rich, intense, deeply concentrated fruit built around a core of dense blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that flow across the palate. This deeply concentrated wine isn't shy about its tannins, either, yet they're ripe and integr —James Laube

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