Not necessarily known for its Syrah, Chateau Souverain has nonetheless released a winner with this offering. A dark, rich, spicy style, with complex, concentrated grapey blackberry, black cherry, anise, sage, leather and mineral flavors that turn supple. —James Laube
Neyers has steadily built a fine track record for top-notch Chardonnay, and this is another example. Exotic smoky, toasty oak entices, leading to a ripe, spicy core of nectarine, citrus, pear and fig flavors that are complex and concentrated. Drink now th —James Laube
Here's another terrific cru Beaujolais from 2000, from one of the region's top producers. This could stand in for a village-level Vosne-Romanée, with its crushed plum, spice cake, cinnamon and smoke notes. Long, detailed finish, with mouthw —James Molesworth
2000 was a fine vintage for the Beaujolais region, and this effort from Jadot is worth tracking down. Modern style, with dark berry, chocolate and toast notes. Nice ripe black cherry flavor works its way through on the finish before the structure takes ov —James Molesworth
The '99 vintage for California Zinfandels was successful, as this solid offering from Rocking Horse attests. Intense, with rich, complex, beautifully focused Zinfandel flavors, brimming with sage, wild berry, juniper and cedary oak, and finishing with a t —James Laube
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