An impressive wine that is deliciously complex, with layers of ripe, juicy plum and blackberry fruit that is rich and elegant, with a pretty overlay of smoky, vanilla-laced oak and hints of herb and olive. Finishes with rich, fleshy texture and a gush of —James Laube
The lush cassis and raspberry fruit is surrounded by cocoa, spice and toast notes. The fruit really pumps through the finish, offset by a mineral note that adds further dimension. Elegant, and well put together. Drink now through 2008. 6,000 cases made. S —James Molesworth
Supple, round and generous, with a gently spicy edge to the toasty blackberry and cherry flavors, all of it persisting onto a long finish. Needs to resolve some of the oak and tannins. Best after 2006. 5,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Australia. —Harvey Steiman
This Loire Valley white (made from Chenin Blanc) has an alluring gold-amber color, with ginger root, green almond, fig and orange blossom flavors. Rich and long, with a juicy, yet bracing finish. Drink now through 2008. 1,500 cases made. —James Molesworth
This New Zealand Chardonnay is polished, striking a wonderful balance between ripe, spicy pear and caramel against a lovely zing of acidity, letting the flavors linger persistently. Drink now through 2008. 20,000 cases made. Smart Buys. —Harvey Steiman
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