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Smooth, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, pomegranate, huckleberry and boysenberry fruit that are pure and tasty, with a lovely mocha coating and firm, rich, integrated tannins. Drink now. 1,789 cases made. From California. —James Laube
Lots of mocha and vanilla here, but plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit to back it up. Long and ripe on the finish, where a cocoa-powder note lingers. Rich, modern-styled Cabernet. Drink now through 2006. 1,255 cases made. From Chile. —James Molesworth
Shows the game, plum and sanguine notes of Syrah, along with ripe black currant, cocoa and coffee flavors. Thick, burly finish needs a little time to harmonize fully, but very solid. The second wine of Antiyal, from Alvaro Espinoza. Drink now through 2007 —James Molesworth
Lush and lengthy, with lemon zest, honeysuckle, almond and pear flavors that move languidly through the cream-textured palette. A nice mineral hint lends definition to the finish. Drink now through 2006. 3,775 cases made. From the Rhône, France. —James Molesworth
Lovely. Vibrant, elegant and full of peach and lime notes, this remains balanced and flavorful from start to finish. It borders on mango and guava before ending with a juicy sensation. Drink now through 2015. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson
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