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Jan. 25, 2005: LADERA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lone Canyon Vineyard 2001 (91 points, $65)

Scents of new leather, ripe currant and plum lead to a similar array of flavors. Well-structured, with a firm core of edgy tannins and lively acidity. Most impressive, though, is the long, rich, intense flavor, with a nice minerally edge. Best from 2006 t —James Laube

Jan. 24, 2005: FATTORIA DI FICHINO Toscana Sezzana 2001 (91 points, $52)

Gorgeous aromas of plums, blackberries and fresh raspberries follow through to a full body, with silky tannins and a long, delicious finish. Rich with lots of finesse. This is from the great Barbaresco producer Giorgio Rivetti, and it's super. Drink now. —James Suckling

Jan. 22, 2005: E. GUIGAL Condrieu La Doriane 2003 (91 points, $85)

Performs Condrieu's unique trick—delivers lots of showy floral, peach, melon, mango and fig notes along with a long, creamy, smoky finish that manages to avoid being blowsy. Beautiful. Drink now. 375 cases made. From the Rhône, France. —James Molesworth

Jan. 21, 2005: RAMEY Diamond Mountain District 2002 (92 points, $65)

Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is a notably complex and concentrated youngster, with a tasty core of ripe currant, black cherry, cedar, olive and sage notes that are well-focused, ending with a complex aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Caberne —James Laube

Jan. 20, 2005: PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ Hermitage White La Chevalier de Sterimberg 2002 (92 points, $72)

Gorgeous nose of freshly cut peaches and honeydew melon, this pumps out tropical fruit, blanched almond, floral and mineral notes through a long, rich finish. Hints of lemon zest, matchstick and fig skitter underneath as well. Lovely wine. Drink now throu —James Molesworth

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