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Gorgeous nose of black currant preserve and freshly roasted coffee, with a powerful, yet very silky palate of cassis, plum, blackberry, loam, mineral and dark chocolate flavors that glide through a superlong finish. Don't be deceived by its seeming access —James Molesworth
Fresh and exotic aromas and flavors of apricot, mango and pineapple remain well-defined in this spry and airy '03. Not as concentrated and rich as some of its peers, but harmonious and graceful. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases made. From Germany. —Bruce Sanderson
A dark, dense, richly concentrated wine that packs in loads of flavor yet manages to offer enough twists and curves that keep the flavors moving. Lots of exotic spice aromas, along with a deep core of blackberry, wild berry and boysenberry flavors that ar —James Laube
Grapey and spicy with plenty of character on the nose. Full-bodied, with loads of fruit and a silky tannin structure. Long finish. A beauty. Best after 2005. 10,500 cases made. From Sicily, Italy. —James Suckling
Wonderful purity of fruit, with a rich, lively core of raspberry, blackberry, black cherry and spicy, floral scents, this wine wins points for its delicacy and finesse, too. Drink now through 2009. 365 cases made. From California. —James Laube
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