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Nov. 30, 2004: JACQUES SELOSSE Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne NV 2002 (94 points, $55)

Deep golden in color, this has explosive aromas and flavors of coffee, vanilla, apricot, citrus and toasted hazelnut. A bold, brazen Champagne, it possesses a firm underlying structure, ripe fruit and a long, sumptuous, smoke- and spice-filled finish. Dri —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 29, 2004: CHARLES JOGUET Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2002 (92 points, $33)

Great nose of pure black cherry, with a rich palate layered with cherry and currant fruit, bittersweet chocolate, dark olive paste, toast and tar. Long, ripe finish has great acidity, allowing all the flavors to hang together wonderfully. Drink now throug —James Molesworth

Nov. 25, 2004: KLEIN CONSTANTIA Vin de Constance Constantia 1999 (92 points, $50/500ml)

Viscous but lively in texture, this has layers of orange peel, maple, crème brûlée, green tea and quince paste flavors that stay tightly knit through the lengthy finish. An excellent dessert wine that is quietly putting together an enviable track recor —James Molesworth

Nov. 24, 2004: SEGHESIO Zinfandel Alexander Valley San Lorenzo 2002 (92 points, $34)

A luxurious Zin, bursting with ripe, zesty, fleshy black cherry, blackberry, cracked pepper and hints of sage, dusty berry and cedary oak flavors that hold a tight focus. Finishes with a long, enticing aftertaste that keeps coming back to the fruit. Drink —James Laube

Nov. 23, 2004: POL ROGER Brut Rosé Champagne 1996 (92 points, $70)

A full-bodied rosé, bracing and muscular, with its berry, spice and whole-grain notes allied to a dry, chalky profile. Seems locked up tight now, yet the wheat and coffee aftertaste reveals its promise. Best from 2006 through 2015. From France. —Bruce Sanderson

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