This full-throttle Spanish red is rich and dark, with chocolate, coffee and toasty oak flavors, yet has a solid layer of ripe fruit for balance, and a fine mix of firm tannins and bright acidity. The finish is long and fine. Drink now through 2009. 6,000 —Bruce Sanderson
Interesting terroir here, with matchsticklike, pungent, earthy, yeasty aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with a silky texture, it's a smoky and ripe white, seducing with its harmony. Amazing quality for a Bourgogne; from the creative Jean-Marc Bro —Per-Henrik Mansson
With excellent purity of fruit, this California Chardonnay boasts ripe, spicy apple, pear, melon and honeysuckle. It's clean and fruity on the finish, with perfumy, elegant floral notes. Drink now through 2005. 34,000 cases made. —James Laube
This Oregon sparkler is elegant, complex and layered with flavor. It has everything you want in a sparkling wine, including delicacy. The texture is fine-grained, and flavors center around pear, toast and hints of exotic flowers and spices. Drink now. 10, —Harvey Steiman
This Petite Sirah is dark and firm, with tight, crisp tannins and a rich, intense core of blackberry, raspberry and black cherry in need of short-term cellaring. It finishes with detailed tannins and mineral and earth notes. A great version of this variet —James Laube
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