An excellent value. Ripe, opulent, rich and fleshy, with creamy vanilla-scented oak, cookie dough, black currant and blackberry flavors that are well-focused, balanced and showing fine-grained tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 47,500 cases ma —James Laube
A markedly rich, creamy and complex Sauvignon, with concentrated citrus, lemon, herb and tangerine flavors that pick up a tasty hint of sage and lemongrass on the finish. Lively acidity keeps the flavor clean and vibrant. Drink now through 2007. 3,534 cas —James Laube
Bracing, with chalk, flint and lime notes that won't quit. Good richness on the midpalate before the finish returns to being taut. Begs for food. Drink now through 2005. 4,905 cases made. Smart Buys. From France. —James Molesworth
Ripe and round, with bing cherry, red plum and an alluring gun metal note. Flavors linger with spice and cigar box notes on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 3,500 cases made. Smart Buys. From Portugal. —Kim Marcus
A beautifully balanced CC, with dense raspberry, blackberry and spicy chocolate notes. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine, well-integrated tannins and a long, minerally finish. Fantastic. A better buy than the Tignanello this year. To be released fall 2005 —James Suckling
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