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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

Oct. 27, 2003: NIEBAUM-COPPOLA Rubicon Rutherford 2000 (93 points, $100)

Beautifully crafted, rich, vibrant and deftly balanced. Wonderful currant, blackberry, anise, sage, mineral and fresh earth offer layers of complexity and concentration. Finishes with just the right amount of tannin to give it a solid backbone. Best from —James Laube

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