The Casa Real is Santa Rita's flagship wine, so there's no surprise it excelled in Chile's excellent '99 vintage. Intriguing nose of dark currant, cocoa and sanguine aromas, followed by a tightly wound body of currant, smoke, mineral and loam notes. You f —James Molesworth
One of the most sought-after California Cabernets these days, the '99 Insignia doesn't disappoint. Dark, rich and intensely concentrated, with a firm, tightly wound core of currant, black cherry, mineral, anise, sage and mocha-laced oak. Well-focused, wit —James Laube
From Australia comes this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Smooth, velvety and enticingly balanced to show off its spicy raspberry, plum and smoky-meaty flavors. Not at all heavy, but refined and elegant through the harmonious finish. Drink now th —Harvey Steiman
The '99 Cabs are starting to come out, and they're worth tracking down. This release from Fisher serves up a pure, rich, delicious core of blackberry extract, with touches of currant and black cherry, plum and anise, finishing with a long, rich, detailed —James Laube
Here's a late-release Piedmont from the classic '97 vintage that is super stuff. Wonderful ripe fruit aromas of plums, oranges and berries, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with big, soft tannins and a super, fruity aftertaste. It goes on and on. Best a —James Suckling
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