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Apr. 20, 2004: PATZ & HALL Chardonnay Napa Valley 2002 (92 points, $33)

Very Burgundian in its style and range of complex flavors, exhibiting a tight, rich core of pear and apple shaded by toasty, buttery oak, which gives the wine added flavor and structure. Drink now through 2007. 3,637 cases made. Highly Recommended. From C —James Laube

Apr. 15, 2004: CONCHA Y TORO Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2000 (94 points, $41)

Terrific personality here, with prune, cocoa, loam, mineral, dark currant, blackberry, tar and sanguine flavors that don't quit. Well-structured, with fine balance and harmony already and a very long finish. Love it. Best from 2005 through 2010. 15,200 ca —James Molesworth

Apr. 14, 2004: QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro 2000 (95 points, $49)

Powerful, intense and concentrated, with robust flavors of dark plum, dark cherry and spice, all tightly wrapped but still generous and deep. Smoke and dark chocolate notes emerge on the long, silky and refined finish. A stunning red from the wilds of the —Kim Marcus

Apr. 10, 2004: CASA LAPOSTOLLE Clos Apalta Colchagua 2001 (95 points, $55)

Stunning purity here, with concentrated plum, boysenberry and raspberry fruit that just glides across the palate, buttressed by superfine yet muscular tannins. Suave toast, coconut butter and spice notes along with alluring chocolate and black tea hints c —James Molesworth

Apr. 05, 2004: VIÑA ALMAVIVA Puente Alto 2001 (95 points, $85)

This brick house of a wine shows plenty of Pauillac-like hints of iron, dried currant and cigar smoke, but also has layers of Chilean loam, blackberry, plum, spice and minerals. Loads here, and filled out on all sides; a powerful performance in a powerful —James Molesworth

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