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May. 22, 2004: BEAUX FRÈRES Pinot Noir Willamette Valley The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2002 (95 points, $75)

Big and ripe, a mouthwatering wine with tingly acidity bringing harmony to a wash of plum, blackberry, cherry and dusky spice flavors, which persist on the fine-grained, not terribly tannic finish. Drink now through 2012. 2,599 cases made. Highly Recommen —Harvey Steiman

May. 20, 2004: GROS FRÈRE & SOEUR Grands Échézeaux 2001 (93 points, $125)

Aromatic, offering floral, cherry, spice and a touch of game, then concentrated, ripe fruit on the palate. It's all backed by a vivid structure and ripe, well-integrated tannins. Terrific finish. Seductive 2001 Burgundy. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases —Bruce Sanderson

May. 19, 2004: DOMAINE CHARVIN Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2001 (96 points, $70)

Dark and dense, this very powerful Châteauneuf oozes dark chocolate, black currant, tar, mineral, grilled beef and roasted chestnut flavors that just won't quit. Yet despite its exotic range of flavors, it has a pure, silky core of fruit that remains ste —James Molesworth

May. 14, 2004: DE TRAFFORD Shiraz Stellenbosch 2001 (94 points, $50)

Terrific wine here, with pure, modern plum, blackberry and boysenberry fruit up front being driven by freshly roasted coffee bean, Valrhona chocolate, sweet earth and smoke notes that explode on the back end. Like a new wave Côte-Rôtie, this is silky sm —James Molesworth

May. 12, 2004: CASANOVA DI NERI Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1999 (94 points, $64)

Warm and ripe red with lots of blackberry and cedary oak character. Full-bodied, and very thick yet refined and silky. This should turn out fabulously. Another super wine from Casanova. Best after 2007. 5,025 cases made. Highly Recommended. From Italy. —James Suckling

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