This cult wine from Spain's Ribera del Duero region is impressive again in the '00 vintage. Lavish oak gives alluring chocolate and toasty flavors, yet there's enough ripe fruit for balance, with notes of cassis and blueberry. Firm, ripe tannins give age- —Thomas Matthews
The father-and-son team of Aimé and Christophe Sabon have this southern Rhône domaine in top form these days. The Vieilles Vignes (old vines) bottling is their top cuvée. Blockbuster Châteauneuf -- rich and thick yet loyal to local customs with its tr —Per-Henrik Mansson
Though the '98 vintage is not up to the classic '97 in terms of quality, Tuscany still fared very well. This Brunello from one of the region's top producers offers aromas of plums, leather and dried flowers that cascade out of the glass. Full-bodied, with —James Suckling
Australia's best-known collectible wine has turned in a powerful, aristocratic and impressive performance in the just released '98 vintage. It gathers up its flavors and lets them hang on and on and on while the finish lingers. The range starts with black —Harvey Steiman
From Alsace's most celebrated producers comes this classic late-harvest wine. A concentrated nectar exuding honey, caramel, apricot and orange peel aromas and flavors that orbit around a core of bright acidity. Seamless in texture and structure, with a ca —Bruce Sanderson
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