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Aug. 18, 2004: VALL LLACH Priorat 2001 (95 points, $80)

This is a rich and powerful red from Spain. There's ripe black fruit, plenty of chocolate-scented oak and masses of tannin in this structured red. It's a big, solid, S.U.V. of a wine, but has balance and concentration, and will improve with age. Best afte —Thomas Matthews

Aug. 16, 2004: M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage L'Ermite 2001 (96 points, $328)

A stunner. This steel-plated version is set up for long-term cellaring, though its blackberry and boysenberry fruit is tantalizingly accessible now. Exercise restraint however, and let the racy tannins carry it while all the coffee bean, cocoa powder, min —James Molesworth

Aug. 13, 2004: VINCENT DAUVISSAT Chablis Les Preuses 2002 (95 points, $60)

Very pure, flinty style. Rich, yet dense and racy with beautiful balance, this builds in intensity on the palate to a long finish. It's muscular, but not brawny, needing time to settle down and integrate its components. Smoky aftertaste. Best from 2007 th —Bruce Sanderson

Aug. 11, 2004: CAYUSE Syrah Walla Walla Valley En Cerise Vineyard 2001 (95 points, $45)

Gorgeous stuff, ripe and open, layered with exotic spice-scented plum, cherry and saffron, peppery notes that linger enticingly on the long, extraordinarily well-formed peacock's tail of a finish. Drink now through 2011. 196 cases made. Highly Recommended —Harvey Steiman

Aug. 07, 2004: DIDIER DAGUENEAU Pouilly-Fumé Pur Sang 2002 (96 points, $60)

Great richness in this Sauvignon Blanc, from one of the Loire Valley's masters, with alluring smoke and blanched almond notes enveloping a core of candied citrus peel, lanolin, macadamia nut, coconut and wet straw flavors. But it's still steely as well, w —James Molesworth

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