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Jan. 13, 2005: SIDURI Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Clos Pepe Vineyard 2003 (93 points, $52)

Ripe, rich and lively, with a zesty medley of plum, blackberry, blueberry and hints of raspberry. Tightly focused, with delicate oak shadings peeking through, this is a wonderful expression of Pinot Noir fruit. Drink now through 2008. 88 cases made. From —James Laube

Jan. 12, 2005: BRUNO ROCCA Barbaresco Rabajà 2001 (93 points, $90)

This is always one of the best from Barbaresco, and deservedly. Aromas of very ripe raspberries and blackberries with a hint of cedar. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. This is refined and structured. Best after 2009. 1,200 cases ma —James Suckling

Jan. 11, 2005: PUNSET Barbaresco Campo Quadro 2000 (93 points, $82)

Wonderful focused berry fruit with hints of minerals and cherries. Full-bodied, with terrific concentration of fruit and silky tannins. Very long and focused. Very clean. This is the best I have had from here. Best after 2008. 450 cases made. From Piedmon —James Suckling

Jan. 10, 2005: BARTOLO MASCARELLO Barolo 1999 (95 points, $93)

Aromas of leather, berry and tobacco follow through to a full-bodied palate, with sweet and ripe fruit, silky tannins and a long finish. Beauty. The genuine deal here. Best after 2007. 1,410 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling

Jan. 08, 2005: E. GUIGAL Condrieu Luminescence 2003 (93 points, $95/375ml)

Beautiful dried peach, apricot and pear fruit flavors, with additional notes of quince, anise and minerals. Combines the sweet fruit character of a late-harvest wine with the structure and minerality of a dry wine to give a unique experience. Drink now th —James Molesworth

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