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Jun. 17, 2004: CHÂTEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Châteauneuf-du-Pape Hommage à Jacques Perrin Grande Cuvée 2001 (93 points, $420)

Vivid and racy, with rich blackberry and currant fruit, lots of tar, smoke and mineral notes and a rich, sweet, chocolaty finish. Nice flashes of terroir lurk underneath all the fruit too. Serious structure here, but surprisingly accessible now. Ve —James Molesworth

Jun. 10, 2004: BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Sbragia-Limited Release 2002 (94 points, $40)

A superrich, multifaceted Chardonnay brimming with exotic ripe pear, fig and honeysuckle flavors overlaid by pretty smoky, toasty, roasted marshmallow oak, finishing with a long, saturated, unctuous aftertaste. Drink now through 2008. 5,000 cases made. Hi —James Laube

Jun. 07, 2004: SILVIO NARDI Brunello di Montalcino Vigneto Manachiara 1999 (94 points, $65)

Burly Brunello that needs bottle age. Intense aromas of plums and berries with hints of violets and minerals. Full-bodied, thick and chewy, with loads of extract and fruit. Tannic yet velvety, this should prove to be excellent. Best after 2007. 1,200 case —James Suckling

Jun. 05, 2004: PAUL HOBBS Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2002 (95 points, $40)

You won't find many Chardonnays in this class. Ultrarich and multidimensional, with a fabulous array of creamy flavors built around a core of fig, apricot, crème brûlée and roasted marshmallows. Full-bodied, yet elegant and concentrated, it weaves the —James Laube

Jun. 01, 2004: CHATEAU DERESZLA Tokay Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2000 (96 points, $62/500ml)

Terrific Tokay. Floral, quince and apple aromas take on honey, peach and mineral accents in the mouth, all displayed on an ethereal, lighter-than-air frame. Bracing acidity is deftly integrated into the whole, and it ends with a mineral aftertaste. Drink —Bruce Sanderson

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