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Nov. 17, 2004: PAGO DE LOS CAPELLANES Ribera del Duero El Picón 1999 (95 points, $165)

An impressive marriage of power and elegance. This is a big, bold red with ripe plum and blackberry flavors, and the requisite frame of spicy oak, but it also shows floral, mineral and game flavors, multifaceted and alluring. A world-class wine in the ful —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 16, 2004: BOLLINGER Brut Rosé Champagne Grand Année 1996 (95 points, $166)

Extremely fresh and aromatic, with a veritable spice box of clove and ginger highlighting the berry notes in this sharply-focused, powerful rosé. Grilled nuts and whole-grain bread complete the flavor profile. It goes for muscle over finesse and it works —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 15, 2004: RUDI SCHULTZ Syrah Stellenbosch 2002 (93 points, $36)

Whoa. This is a loaded wine, with a massive core of blackberry, boysenberry and plum fruit wrapped in a lush, velvety texture. Loads of sweet toast as well, but notes of violets, tar and minerals skitter throughout for added complexity. Then gobs of fruit —James Molesworth

Nov. 13, 2004: BOLLINGER Brut Champagne Special Cuvée NV NV (93 points, $50)

Complex aromas and flavors of rose, grilled nuts, citrus and a gently oxidative note course through this muscular, full-bodied bubbly. Despite its power, there's a gracefulness. The aftertaste combines citrus and spice. Drink now through 2008. From Franc —Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 12, 2004: ETUDE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2001 (93 points, $90)

A bold, rich, concentrated wine with lots of flavor dimensions and excellent structure. Dense and complex, with currant, anise, cedar and fresh earth flavors, it picks up chocolate and mocha on the finish, and should only get better over the next couple o —James Laube

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