A beautifully understated Spätlese from Germany's terrific '01 vintage, this has subtle power, density and length. The passion fruit, sweet corn, berry, fennel and mineral notes are layered and just keep coming at you. Superbly balanced, it seems effortl —Bruce Sanderson
Alvaro Espinoza helps make this wine at this Chilean winery. This Carmenère is fresh and ebullient, with lively raspberry fruit, and a fleshy, round finish where the sweet fruit and smoky notes linger. Drink now. 422 cases made. —James Molesworth
Fresh citrus, hazelnut and creamy fig flavors are elegant and well-balanced, building in intensity and complexity on the finish. Drink now through 2006. 1,500 cases made. —James Laube
Another fine '99 from Stag's Leap, the S.L.V. is firm and intense, a muscular style, with cedary oak dominating the chewy core of earthy currant, anise, tobacco and sage. Finishes with thick, integrated tannins; needs short-term cellaring. Best from 2005 —James Laube
This California Chardonnay is elegant and complex, weaving together a subtle array of ripe peach, apricot, dried fig and pretty, vanilla-scented oak. The best part is the finish, where the delicate flavors linger with vibrancy. Drink now through 2006. 1,5 —James Laube
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