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Enticing nose, with currants, light spice, barbecued meat and violets. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a spicy, minerally finish. Chewy and rich. Always very good. Best after 2005. 18,900 cases made.
Reduced aromas at first, give way to lovely plum, fruitcake and spice aromas and flavors. Firm-edged tannins drive the finish, while the fruit lingers nicely. A rare age-worthy Beaujolais. Drink now through 2007. —James Molesworth
Gorgeous aromas of cherries, berries and light spices. Full-bodied, concentrated yet refined and silky. Very long. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. —James Suckling
Loads of currant, blackberry and licorice aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, long finish. Very fine. Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best after 2007. 8,330 cases made. —James Suckling
Wine doesn't get any darker than this dense behemoth. For fans of chewy, inky, extracted yet elegant wines with grapey, peppery plum, wild berry, herb and spicy floral notes. The tannins are what you might expect from a wine of this size—mouthcoating. S —James Laube
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