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Jan. 04, 2005: ALBAN Grenache Edna Valley 2003 (94 points, $56)

Superrich and concentrated, with a wealth of flavor, stretching out from espresso, huskleberry, currant, leather and beef carpaccio, accented by hints of vanilla, sage and dusty berry, ending with a long, intense, fully tannic aftertaste, but in the end i —James Laube

Jan. 03, 2005: DUMOL Syrah Russian River Valley Eddie's Patch 2002 (95 points, $66)

This is a delicious Syrah, pure, rich, intense and concentrated, with a wonderful core of zesty black cherry, blackberry, wild berry and pretty fresh earth scents. Just when you think the flow of flavors is about to slow down then the light, toasty vanill —James Laube

Dec. 31, 2004: PIERO BUSSO Barbaresco S. Stefanetto 2001 (93 points, $64)

Rich and concentrated with blackberry and raspberry aromas and a hint of wet earth. Full-bodied, with firm yet silky tannins and a long chewy finish. Impressive and tight now. Needs lots of bottle age. Best after 2009. 450 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy —James Suckling

Dec. 30, 2004: FONTANABIANCA Barbaresco Sorì Burdin 2001 (92 points, $58)

Aromas of plums and fresh herbs follow through to a full-bodied palate, with licorice and berry flavors and a long chewy finish. Comes around nicely with air. Best after 2008. 750 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

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

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