From South Africa comes this impressive red, with meat and bacony smoke intertwined with rich black cherry, cassis and currant fruit. Long and lush, with dark chocolate notes on the finish. A powerful red with character. The standard-bearer for this grape —James Molesworth
Dark and chocolaty, with zesty wild berry and blackberry fruit and lots of spice and espresso scents. The long, rich, concentrated aftertaste showcases the exotic fruit flavors. Drink now through 2008. 2,100 cases made. Smart Buys. —James Laube
A luscious, velvety texture carries plum, toast, spice and licorice flavors in this generous red. Tannins are big, ripe and round, the finish sweet and spicy. Drink now through 2012. 4,700 cases made. Smart Buys. —Thomas Matthews
From Spain comes this elegant, vivid and sophisticated modern-styled Rioja, showing pure fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry, accented by vanilla from oak and kept lively by crisp acidity. Well-proportioned and well-integrated. Drink now through 201 —Thomas Matthews
This late-release Chenin Blanc from the Loire's exceptional 1990 vintage is electric gold in color, with a burnished feel. Offers lemon cream, ginger, baked apple, green almond, mango and coconut notes that don't quit. The round, creamy finish delivers a —James Molesworth
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