This is a tightly wound and heavily toasted wine, but there's a terrific beam of racy raspberry ganache and blackberry compote flavors at its core. Long and powerful through the finish, and driven by ripe acidity, this should blossom after some cellaring. —James Molesworth
Alluring aromas of black cherry and smoke follow through on the palate in this solid red, then linger on the smoky finish. It shows traditional flavors--tobacco, spice, tea--but has the focus and depth of the modern style. Drink now through 2012. 1,000 ca —Thomas Matthews
Rich and ripe with plenty of muscle and fine-grained tannins, as well as a decadent meaty aroma. Flavors of dark plum, leather, blackberry and spice are broad and mouth-filling. Chocolate, mineral and smoky notes fill the finish. Drink now through 2008. —Kim Marcus
Plenty of blackberry and fresh leather aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a long caressing finish. This is a seductive, ultrarefined wine. This firmly places Luce in the big leagues. Well done. Best after 2005. 7,300 case —James Suckling
Nervy and taut, with cardamom, humus, lemon peel, marzipan and chamomile flavors. This is bony and dry but long and finely tuned, with the flavors echoing beautifully. Drink now through 2014. 800 cases made. From France. —James Molesworth
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