In vintages as great as 1998, lesser-known appellations can produce great wine. Vacqueyras, in the Southern Rhône, received its appellation status only in 1990 (it was previously included in the broader Côtes-du-Rhône appellation). Vacqueyras must be m —Per-Henrik Mansson
Here—s a Southern Rhône red (made from Grenache) that delivers on the promise of the 1998 vintage. Distinguished, deep and complex, offering layers of wet earth, mineral and ripe fruit in a seductive and harmonious combination. Superb midpalate concent —Per-Henrik Mansson
A stylish Washington red with plenty of room to grow, this is bright and jazzy, with raspberry and red plum bursting through the fine-grained tannins to reverberate on the finish. Drink now through 2008. 6,470 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
A lively mouthful, round and juicy, its citrus, pear and nectarine shaded with lovely hints of nutmeg and vanilla. Gracefully balanced on a moderate scale, all echoing beautifully on the finish. Drink now through 2004. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. —Harvey Steiman
Lean and crisp, with modest cherry and herb flavors that linger on the snappy finish. Drink now through 2004. 6,535 cases imported. —Harvey Steiman
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