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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

Aug. 06, 2004: PETER MICHAEL Les Pavots Knights Valley 2001 (98 points, $115)

Seductive spicy blackberry, floral and licorice flavors are simply fantastic, leading to a wine both rich in flavor yet delicately balanced and elegantly styled. This magnificent young wine gushes with ripe, fleshy Cabernet flavors, and while the flavors —James Laube

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