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
Here's another California winery that has turned out a string of fine Chardonnays in recent years. A mix of rich, creamy pear, fig, honeysuckle and melon with a sense of elegance and finesse. Long, luxurious aftertaste. Drink now through 2006. 3,900 cases —James Laube
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