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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

Oct. 25, 2004: BODEGA NORTON Perdriel Single Vineyard Mendoza 2001 (92 points, $60)

This is a tightly wound and heavily toasted wine, but there's a terrific beam of racy raspberry ganache and blackberry compote flavors at its core. Long and powerful through the finish, and driven by ripe acidity, this should blossom after some cellaring. —James Molesworth

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