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Jan. 23, 2003: ALBAN Syrah Edna Valley Reva 2000 (94 points, $44)

Here's another superb Syrah from Alban. Jet black and purple in color, with loads of ripe plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit, scents of violets, dark fruits, new leather, currants and minerals; a real mouthful that manages to be elegant and show a me —James Laube

Jan. 20, 2003: IO Syrah San Luis Obispo County Ryan Road Vineyard 2001 (92 points, $35)

Here's a top-flight California Syrah that isn't out of bounds price-wise. It's enormously complex and concentrated, deep and plush, with layers of currant, plum, mineral, spice and tobacco. Finishes in a long, luxuriant aftertaste. Excellent value. Drink —James Laube

Jan. 18, 2003: ALBAN Syrah Edna Valley Seymour's Vineyard 2000 (96 points, $85)

It will be hard to track this down, but Alban's Syrahs are worth the effort. Tremendous color, complexity, concentration and depth of flavor, yet for all the flavors that unravel -- espresso, blackberry, pencil lead, currant and cedary oak--there's a wond —James Laube

Jan. 15, 2003: JEAN-MARC BROCARD Chablis Les Clos 2000 (93 points, $48)

Chablis enjoyed a fine harvest in '00, as the gorgeous purity and clarity in this offering shows. Full, rich aromas and flavors of flower, apple and mineral persist throughout this balanced, well-integrated white. It's really focused and intense, expressi —Bruce Sanderson

Jan. 11, 2003: STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cask 23 Napa Valley 1999 (93 points, $150)

From a winery with a long history of excellence, the '99 Cask 23 is another winner. Wonderful complexity and sense of harmony and finesse, with rich, intense, supple layers of currant, black cherry, anise, game and coffee. Finishes with a long, rich after —James Laube

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