Alluring toasted wood spice, anise and fruitcake notes lead the way, followed by steeped plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit. Spice accents line the finish, with a hint of singed cedar peeking in. Shows good length and definition. Drink now through 2016. 60,000 cases made. —James Molesworth
A pretty red, offering strawberry, raspberry, tobacco and spice flavors. This is backed by firm tannins and lively acidity, but stays balanced and long with a chewy finish. Best from 2016 through 2026. 2,000 cases imported. —Bruce Sanderson
Apricot tart and brioche flavors mix with toasted almond, floral, preserved lemon and candied ginger notes in this harmonious Champagne, topped off with a creamy mousse. Features a lasting, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019. 10,000 cases made. —Alison Napjus
Very high-pitched, with bright chalk, chamomile, salt and lemon seed notes. The vigorous finish has serious cut. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. —James Molesworth
Espresso and licorice notes give this firm red a slightly austere character, but the solid structure and polished texture are promising. A core of plum and black olive rounds this out. Drink now through 2025. 15,900 cases made. —Thomas Matthews
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