Supple and harmonious, this medium-bodied red from the Rhône delivers good ripe fruit, showing Châteauneuf complexity. It's muscular and firm, and while the tannins are rustic, the wine is so flavorful. Drink now through 2004. Should be easy to find som —Per-Henrik Mansson
Châteauneuf had a tremendous vintage in '98, and its wines offer great value in the face of rising Bordeaux and California prices. The '98 Vieux Télé is reserved aromatically, but the wonderful balance is evident as this young Rhône red reveals its mi —Per-Henrik Mansson
Already tight as a drum, but glorious aromas of flowers, berries and cherries gradually come forth. Full-bodied and very tannic, yet with loads of fruit and fresh acidity. Don't touch this monster for awhile. Best after 2006. 2,380 cases made. —James Suckling
Here's a classic California Cabernet, a late release from the tremendous '97 vintage. The '97 Special Selection is smooth, rich and concentrated, with layers of currant, mocha, black cherry and wild berry, fairly gushing at midpalate. The finish is long, —James Laube
A wonderful, masterful wine. Both firm and opulent, it displays a nice dig into the Rhône terroir as it brings out wet earth, mineral and an interesting, chewy tannin structure. A high-voltage drinking experience, with lots of fruit, spice and moc —Per-Henrik Mansson
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