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Jul. 27, 2004: GIOVANNI MANZONE Barolo Le Gramolere 2000 (93 points, $40)

Loads of spices, cinnamon and cloves on the nose follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Beauty. Balanced. Manzone always makes harmonious wine. Best after 2009. 850 cases made. Highly Recommended. From Italy. —James Suckling

Jul. 24, 2004: GAJA Langhe Sorì San Lorenzo 2000 (97 points, $340)

Serious dark color with meaty, earthy aromas that blow off to ultraripe and exotic fruit. Fresh truffles and porcini. Almost Port-like in the end. Full-bodied, with masses of velvety tannins and a long, long caressing finish. Solid. This was the first of —James Suckling

Jul. 22, 2004: GAJA Langhe Costa Russi 2000 (100 points, $340)

Fabulous aromas of rose petals and cherries with hints of raspberries. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a finish that is incredible. This is so fine so long. A real beauty. This grows and grows on the palate. Marilyn Monroe in cashmere. The real th —James Suckling

Jul. 21, 2004: CABUTTO Barolo Vigna La Volta 2000 (93 points, $48)

Loads of blackberry aromas with undertones of tar and dried flowers buttressed with hints of new wood. Full-bodied, supersoft with soft tannins and loads of fresh fruit that turns to flowers on the finish. Best after 2008. 2,000 cases made. Highly Recomme —James Suckling

Jul. 20, 2004: E. GUIGAL Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2000 (96 points, $300)

Terrific combination of the best of both worlds in Côte-Rôtie -- the ripe, powerful raspberry and blackberry fruit, coffee and cocoa notes, along with the alluring, sauvage game, mineral and spice flavors. Both camps work hand-in-hand here, and t —James Molesworth

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