A likable and out-of-the-ordinary blend, with aromas of cedar, plum and spice and zesty yet supple flavors of licorice, coffee and blackberry. Mourvèdre and Syrah. Drink now through 2008. 2,000 cases made. From California.
Rich and fragrant, with creamy orange blossom, apricot and vanilla spice, with ripe and full-bodied flavors of nectarine, pear and toasted almonds that emphasize toasty oak on the long finish. Drink now. 2,446 cases made. From California. —James Laube
Clean cassis fruit is framed by smoky toast and vanilla notes. Good flesh and focus, if a bit sculpted in style. Drink now. 50,000 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth
Fresh and fruity with plum and hints of coffee on the nose and palate. Medium body. Clean finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. From Piedmont, Italy. —James Suckling
A pure cherry note picks up a hint of plum and licorice in this rich, supple red. Balanced on the soft side, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 600 cases made. From Burgundy, France. —Bruce Sanderson
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