Plenty of blackberry and cherry character with hints of mineral. Medium- to full-bodied, with fresh fruit and a clean finish. Slightly closed. Best after 2004. 3,300 cases made. From Italy. —James Suckling
This alluring red is rich, thick and ripe, with cassis and blackberry flavors unusual for Rioja, braced by ripe tannins and toasty oak. Though lush, it remains lively, a good match with food. Drink now through 2011. 2,500 cases made. From Spain. —Thomas Matthews
Delicious CC, with blackberry and chocolaty character. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh minerally finish. This is serious Chianti. Drink now. 8,330 cases made. From Italy. —James Suckling
Plump and forward, with peach and pear flavors atop modest hints of citrus peel and herbs. With patience, flint and herb notes emerge more on the finish. Solid for the vintage but I prefer the '02 versions for their verve and balance. Drink now. 3,000 cas —James Molesworth
Lovely blackberry, plum and cocoa aromas and flavors here, with a sweet, plush texture and finish where the cocoa and fruit notes echo. Delicious. Drink now. 4,000 cases imported. From Argentina. —James Molesworth
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