Always a late-release, the wines of François Raveneau are usually worth the wait. Once again they are some of the top wines made in the vintage. Clean and fresh, not very aromatic, but tight and firm in structure, almost tannic. Offers spice, toasted bre —Per-Henrik Mansson
Here's another outstanding late-release '97 California Cabernet blend that is well-priced for the value, and made in ample quantity. Very appealing from start to finish. It's smooth and seductive, with pretty toasty oak, spice, currant and black cherry fl —James Laube
This late-release '97 Cabernet scores outstanding on our 100-point scale and is worth trying to hunt down. Bold, rich, deeply flavored and deeply concentrated Cab that has layers of currant, coffee, chocolate, hazelnut and cherry. The finish delivers a fl —James Laube
We?ve gotten our first look at the '99 whites from Burgundy, and the results are mixed. Nonetheless, here?s an outstanding one, from a venerable house that has made quite a turnaround in recent years. Clean, subtle and rich, this full-bodied white Burgund —Per-Henrik Mansson
This California Merlot is in a rich, dark, chocolaty style, tightly wound, with solid, well-integrated tannins and layers of plum, mineral, anise, currant and cedary-herbal flavors. Drink now through 2007. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,900 cases —James Laube
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