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May. 11, 2004: MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 1999 (95 points, $56)

This is one of the most serious producers in Montalcino now. A tight and chewy wine, with full body and lots of raisin and spice character. Impressive ripe tannins. Needs time in the bottle. This is thick and powerful. Give it time. Best after 2007. 21,66 —James Suckling

May. 10, 2004: CASTELLO BANFI Brunello di Montalcino 1999 (94 points, $66)

This shows an incredible concentration of fruit with loads of berries and spices on the nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and lots of smoky character. It goes for a long time on the finish. Always a benchmark for the region. Best after 2005. —James Suckling

May. 07, 2004: LA PODERINA Brunello di Montalcino 1999 (96 points, $70)

Incredible richness to this red with layers of blackberry, licorice and treacle tart on the nose and palate. Full-bodied, with loads of silky tannins and a long, long finish. Seductive stuff. This is even better than 1997. Get it. Best after 2006. 4,375 c —James Suckling

May. 04, 2004: MÉO-CAMUZET Vosne-Romanée Les Chaumes 2001 (95 points, $85)

Gorgeous, supple and packed with fruit; dark-colored and thick-textured, with lively aromas and succulent flavors. It mingles faded roses, cassis, wild strawberries and raspberries and a bit of wet earth. Long, succulent, balanced finish. Drink now throug —Per-Henrik Mansson

May. 01, 2004: FANTI Brunello di Montalcino 1999 (98 points, $80)

Now one of the greatest producers of Brunello thanks to the help of consulting enologist Stefano Chioccioli. Dark colored with incredible aromas of blackberries, treacle tart and smoke. Almost meaty. Full-bodied, with fantastic silky and rich tannins. It —James Suckling

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