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Nov. 12, 2003: CLOS MOGADOR Priorat 2001 (95 points, $60)

Suave, sophisticated, rich and concentrated, but remains balanced and polished, with bright blueberry and blackberry flavors supported by toasty, vanilla-scented oak. A modern wine with great structure and harmony. Best after 2005. 1,800 cases made. High —Thomas Matthews

Nov. 08, 2003: MOCCAGATTA Barbaresco Basarin 2000 (96 points, $60)

Incredibly rich, with masses of ripe fruit on the nose, from plum to blackberry, showing smoky oak undertones. Full-bodied, with layers of silky, ripe tannins and a long, fruity, almost jammy finish. A real triumph. Moccagatta is a leader in Barbaresco ri —James Suckling

Nov. 04, 2003: BRUNO ROCCA Barbaresco Rabajà 2000 (97 points, $85)

Piedmont's 2000 vintage is excellent, as this Barbaresco attests. Fabulous aromas of rich, ripe plum with mineral, tobacco and cedar undertones. Full-bodied, with lovely ripe tannins and a unctuous combination of ripe fruit and light toasty oak. Goes on a —James Suckling

Oct. 31, 2003: MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Chianti Rufina Montesodi 2001 (93 points, $40)

A beauty. Dark, with beautiful aromas of blackberry, mineral and spice. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and tannins and a long, long finish. Serious wine. The greatest Montesodi I have ever tasted. Pure Sangiovese. Best after 2006. 5,800 cases mad —James Suckling

Oct. 30, 2003: STAGLIN Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2002 (94 points, $100)

A brilliant showcase of ripe, pure Rutherford Cabernet flavors, brimming with currant, blackberry, black cherry and plum. Shows pretty floral and cedary, mocha-scented notes, with a long, rich, focused aftertaste that picks up hints of herb and sage. Best —James Laube

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