Intense and sharply focused, a smooth, elegant, graceful style with a silky texture and long, layered display of ripe cherry, blackberry and raspberry tinted fruit. Sufficient fine-grained tannins for cellaring. Drink now through 2008. 252 cases made. Co —James Laube
A collector's item from a winery with a track record for great Cabernet Sauvignon production. The '99 Backus is a rich, deeply concentrated and flavorful wine, with layers of currant, mocha, earth, leather and black cherry. Sharply focused and long and ri —James Laube
This California Pinot Noir has wonderful complexity and aromatics, with floral, plum and black cherry, blackberry and huckleberry fruit that's elegantly styled, finishing with a long, rich aftertaste. Drink now through 2007. 665 cases made. Highly Recomme —James Laube
This outstanding wine from one of southern Italy's top producers is made from the Fiano grape. Fantastic aromas of peaches and mangos, with hints of papaya and minerals. Full-bodied, with lovely fresh acidity and glorious fruit character on the finish. Su —James Suckling
Piercing scents of ripe apple and quince mark this rich, elegant Austrian Riesling, broadening to reveal warm brioche and mineral elements. Well-structured and intense, with a citrus accent firming up the finish. Drink now through 2010. 150 cases imported —Bruce Sanderson
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