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May. 10, 2004: CASTELLO BANFI Brunello di Montalcino 1999 (94 points, $66)

This shows an incredible concentration of fruit with loads of berries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and lots of smoky character. It goes for a long time on the finish. Always a benchmark for the region. Best after 2005. —James Suckling

May. 07, 2004: LA PODERINA Brunello di Montalcino 1999 (96 points, $70)

Incredible richness to this red with layers of blackberry, licorice and treacle tart on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with loads of silky tannins and a long, long finish. Seductive stuff. This is even better than 1997. Get it. Best after 2006. 4,375 c —James Suckling

May. 04, 2004: MÉO-CAMUZET Vosne-Romanée Les Chaumes 2001 (95 points, $85)

Gorgeous, supple and packed with fruit; dark-colored and thick-textured, with lively aromas and succulent flavors. It mingles faded roses, cassis, wild strawberries and raspberries and a bit of wet earth. Long, succulent, balanced finish. Drink now throug —Per-Henrik Mansson

May. 01, 2004: FANTI Brunello di Montalcino 1999 (98 points, $80)

Now one of the greatest producers of Brunello thanks to the help of consulting enologist Stefano Chioccioli. Dark colored with incredible aromas of blackberries, treacle tart and smoke. Almost meaty. Full-bodied, with fantastic silky and rich tannins. It —James Suckling

Apr. 23, 2004: DAVID ARTHUR Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2001 (95 points, $75)

Ultraripe, rich and extracted, gushing with exotic currant, blackberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit accented by pretty mocha-vanilla shadings and finishing with a full, focused, deeply concentrated aftertaste and a sense of elegance. Best from 2005 —James Laube

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