A real mouthful of delicious Chardonnay, its range of flavors stretching from ripe pear, fig and citrus to pretty smoky oak, hazelnut and caramel. Finishes with a pure gush of rich earth and Chardonnay flavors, turning elegant and graceful. Drink now thro —James Laube
California's Santa Rita Hills is emerging as a viable source for Pinot Noir. This offering from Melville is gorgeous, from its enticingly complex floral and wild berry aromatics to its vibrant, richly fruity core of blackberry and wild berry fruit. Finish —James Laube
Here's a Cabernet from a winery that has established a solid track record since its founding in 1995. Exceptionally well-made, blending ripe currant, black cherry, anise and minerally flavors with a well-proportioned dose of cedary, spicy oak. Balanced, w —James Laube
With a track record of excellence, it's no surprise the Beringer Private Reserve rates highly in the '99 vintage. Complex aromas of currant, herb, tobacco, olive and cedar lead to similar flavors in a rich, concentrated yet elegant presentation. Turns smo —James Laube
Stunning. Rich, off-dry and laced with smoke, apricot, honey and mineral aromas and flavors, all backed by a vibrant structure. This transcends grape variety, revealing the stamp of earth where it is grown. Beautifully expressed. Drink now through 2010. 2 —Bruce Sanderson
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