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Feb. 18, 2005: SANCTUM Shiraz Western Cape 2002 (92 points, $65)

Alluring aromas of crushed raspberry, cassis and blackberry fruit, with a racy palate of fruit, spice and toast. Smoky finish, but a nice underlying layer of cassis lingers as well. This really blossoms in the glass too. Debut of Mike Dobrovic's (of Mulde —James Molesworth

Feb. 17, 2005: MARCHESI DI GRÉSY Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga 2000 (92 points, $90)

Round and spicy with cedar, berry and fresh tobacco aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Beauty. Best after 2008. 1,150 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

Feb. 16, 2005: LANGWERTH VON SIMMERN Riesling Spätlese Rheingau Erbacher Marcobrunn 2003 (93 points, $32)

Very pure and focused, with its grapefruit, apricot and mineral flavors getting support from a lively structure. It's certainly rich, yet maintains more of a classical profile for the vintage. Excellent length. Drink now through 2020. 400 cases made. From —Bruce Sanderson

Feb. 15, 2005: CAVALIER BARTOLOMEO Barolo Vigneti Solanotto Altinasso 2000 (92 points, $65)

Subtle and refined with plum, berry and strawberry aromas with just a hint of spice and cedar. Full-bodied, yet racy and refined with layers of silky tannins. Long finish. Should develop very nicely in the bottle. Best after 2008. 700 cases made. From Pie —James Suckling

Feb. 14, 2005: PODERI ELIA Barbaresco Serracapelli 2000 (93 points, $55)

Wonderful aromas of flowers and ripe fruit that turns to undertones of Indian spices. Full-bodied, with chewy yet round tannins and a long exotic fruit aftertaste. Hard not to drink the whole thing. Wonderful. New winery for me. Best after 2007. 450 cases —James Suckling

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