While other Chilean wineries are now producing luxury cuvees that top $50 a bottle, the granddaddy of them all, Concha y Toro's Don Melchor, is still holding the line on pricing while also offering an outstanding wine. Ripe flavors of plum, prune, coffee
Lush and deep, with ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and cassis, rich notes of chocolate and toast from new oak, and a muscular structure that remains balanced and approachable through the long, spicy finish. A fine example of modern Rioja. Drink now thro
Aromas and flavors of forest floor, mineral and lanolin are allied to a sleek, steel-plated structure. Dry, rich and intense, this Riesling combines freshness and some mature elements; it should develop nicely. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Drink n
Wonderful richness, depth and complexity, with layers of earthy currant, mushroom, cedar, clay, tar and leather. It's a big, chewy, rustic style that needs short-term cellaring. Best from 2001 through 2009. 10,000 cases made.
This California sparkling wine is quite a value at this price and score. It's bright and tangy, with a core of lemon and lime flavors that fan out on the palate to yield a toasty, fresh finish with hints of apple and pear. Drink now. 180,000 cases made.
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