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Jul. 17, 2004: BETZ Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Père de Famille 2001 (94 points, $45)

Rich, densely packed and powerful, a lively mouthful of plum, blueberry and exotic spice flavors that last and last on the aristocratic finish. Has power to burn and plenty of grace to balance the scales. Best from 2006 through 2015. 510 cases made. Highl —Harvey Steiman

Jul. 16, 2004: BRUNO GIACOSA Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva 2000 (100 points, $169)

Fabulous purity of crushed fruit with strawberries and raspberries with hints of fresh roses. Full-bodied, with an amazing concentration of ripe fruit and a palate that goes on and on and on. Ultraripe tannins. This is the Romanée-Conti of Barolo. It is —James Suckling

Jul. 14, 2004: ELIO GRASSO Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Maté 2000 (95 points, $58)

Wonderful aromas of pressed flowers and blackberries with hints of cinnamon. Full-bodied, with a jammy, big fruity style and a long caressing finish. Chewy though. This shows splendid structure. As good as the 1997. Best after 2009. 1,080 cases made. High —James Suckling

Jul. 12, 2004: GAJA Langhe Sperss 2000 (95 points, $225)

Incredible amount of fruit and character in this wine with mint, mineral, blackberry and plum aromas. Then turns to tobacco and tar. Full-bodied, with an iron-cast core of fruit and velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Incredibly tight and powerful. G —James Suckling

Jul. 09, 2004: AZELIA Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2000 (95 points, $78)

The nose of this wine smells like crushed Nebbiolo with hints of fresh flowers and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with incredibly round, soft tannins. It beckons you to drink it. Long and velvety finish. Voluptuous. Azelia has come into its own. Serve this —James Suckling

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