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Firm and concentrated, this wine exhibits a vibrant core of ripe pear, cream, hazelnut and nutmeg flavors that fold together nicely, holding a tight focus and finishing with a long beam of ripe, juicy, lively fruit. Another excellent offering from this up —James Laube
Intense and vibrant, with a firm tannic backbone to the core of earthy blackberry and wild berry fruit. Tightens on the finish, with a hint of clove and cedary oak, at times flexing its muscles yet also offering concentration and depth. Drink now through —James Laube
Vibrant and concentrated, with a bright beam of grass, passion fruit, lemon-lime and gooseberry character. Tart citrus and vanilla linger on the refreshing finish. Drink now through 2005. 18,650 cases made. From California.
Classy Chardonnay, with fig, Bosc pear, hazelnut and toast notes that are ripe and rich, yet elegant as well. Fine acidity runs seamlessly beneath it all. Lengthy finish. Drink now through 2005. 15,000 cases made. Smart Buys. From Chile. —James Molesworth
A rapier, this racy Sancerre features citrus peel, peach, lemon pound cake, lime and mineral notes on a crunchy, vibrant texture. Tangy and precise on the finish, with a lovely lemon zest edge. Drink now through 2005. Smart Buys. From France. —James Molesworth
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