Tight, well-structured, with a firm band of cherry, blackberry, raspberry and spicy notes. Gains momentum and finishes with an elegant, bright, lively aftertaste. Drink now through 2007. 2,385 cases made. —James Laube
Following up their superb '98, Mordorée has another classic Cuvée de la Reine des Bois in —99. Nearly flawless blockbuster -- a gem from start to finish. Full-bodied, ultrathick, very silky, displaying a seductive texture that is backed by black fruit —Per-Henrik Mansson
While known for its Chardonnay, Kistler is also making superlative Pinot Noir these days. The —98 CMR is extraordinary. Dark color, gorgeous flavors, with rich and exotic aromas of black cherry, fresh roasted coffee, mocha, currant and spice. Fills out —James Laube
While Châteauneuf grabbed all the early headlines in '98, Côte-Rôtie may turn out to be the best performer in this vintage. This release from Delas is supple and seductive. Round and ripe, but also clean, fresh and vibrant, this shows balance. Full-bod —Per-Henrik Mansson
On the heels of the ripe, showy '98 Châteauneufs come the structured, racy '99—s. Rhone lovers have a bevy of choices these days. Tannic, well-crafted blockbuster that's a blend of modern and traditional. Gorgeous, full-bodied and dark-colored. Thick, —Per-Henrik Mansson
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