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Jan. 31, 2005: RAMEY Jericho Canyon Vineyard Napa Valley 2002 (91 points, $90)

This wine starts with a dense, rich core of fleshy, mocha-laced currant, fresh earth, plum and blackberry fruit, firming up with rich, chewy tannins, but the flavors push through on the finish, revealing added facets of depth and concentration. Cabernet S —James Laube

Jan. 29, 2005: MARTIN RAY Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District 2001 (91 points, $70)

A sturdy, muscular young wine, with dark chocolate, blackberry and currant flavors supported by a dense wall of oak and tannins. But given its size, it works, as the concentration and complexity keep the focus on the fruit, with a hint of vanilla bean on —James Laube

Jan. 28, 2005: SCHLOSS SCHÖNBORN Riesling Spätlese Rheingau Hattenheimer Pfaffenberg Gräflich Schoenborn'scher Eigenbau 2003 (91 points, $36)

Lovely. Rich and opulent, exhibiting apricot, anise and citrus aromas and flavors on a round profile backed by a firm structure. It needs a little time to come together, but this will evolve nicely. Drink now through 2015. 300 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 27, 2005: JOSEPH DROUHIN Beaune Clos des Mouches 2002 (91 points, $56)

This lean, tightly wound, young red Burgundy is a compact expression of kirsch, mineral and spice with vibrant acidity and tannins as a backdrop. Very pure and elegant, it requires patience. Best from 2007 through 2018. 600 cases made. From Burgundy, Fran —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 26, 2005: HILL CLIMBER Syrah Napa Valley Pilgrimage 2002 (91 points, $40)

This wine offers a bold beam of tightly focused blackberry, black currant, cola and plum fruit. Pretty violet and mineral nuances float along a supple texture, with harmonious toasty oak and stylish tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 240 cases —James Laube

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