Priorat continues to emerge as one of Spain's most distinctive wine regions. This offering is thick and rich, with muscular, ripe plum and cassis flavors framed by coffee and chocolate oak notes. It sacrifices refinement for power, but has such lush flavo —Thomas Matthews
Made from equals parts of the three main Champagne grapes (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay), this offering is bold and muscular, with concentrated honey, biscuit and beef bouillon notes weaving through the dense texture. Long and complex, it ends —Bruce Sanderson
Young by Italian standards (founded in 1985), Dei has become one of Tuscany's most consistent Vino Nobile producers. Complex aromas of roses, berries and grilled meat. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, spicy finish. Very serious Vino Nobile. Sup —James Suckling
One of California's most consistent performers, Hess has turned out another fine estate Cabernet in '99. Ripe and firm, with broad-shouldered blueberry, black currant, fresh herb and cedar flavors. Spicy, toasty oak and solid tannins frame solid, concentr —James Laube
Chateau Souverain is part of the large Beringer Blass portfolio, and it currently ranks as one of California's most consistent wineries. This '99 Cab is beautifully defined and richly flavored, showing ripe currant and black cherry, anise and sage, with h —James Laube
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