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Ripeness and power. A thick texture and chewy tannins give this red a monolithic aspect, but there's a core of plum, prune and blackberry fruit, and the coffee-scented oak is well-integrated. Impressive but reserved. Best after 2005. 3,250 cases made. Fr —Thomas Matthews
Rich, pure flavors of raspberry and cherry jam are framed by chocolate notes in this alluring red. It has firm, well-integrated tannins and enough acidity to keep it lively. Voluptuous yet balanced. Drink now through 2012. From Spain. —Thomas Matthews
This is a solidly built version with raspberry, boysenberry and currant fruit coursing along ripe, sweet tannins and powered by chocolate and toast notes. Round, rich, powerful finish. Could be aged a touch too, before it really hits its stride. Cabernet —James Molesworth
Those who delight in peppery Syrah need not look much further than this, as it is two or three grinds of the pepper mill ahead of the pack. But it's not all pepper. The beefy, leathery flavors are rich and concentrated, firm and sinewy, with a long spicy —James Laube
Bright, focused black cherry and plum flavors, and lively acidity, give this big red a refreshing quality that brings you back for another sip. Then the smoky, toasty and spicy notes build and linger. Polished and balanced. Drink now through 2010. 800 cas —Thomas Matthews
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