Toro, a small appellation west of Rueda, is drawing more and more interest. This beauty shows an impressive combination of power and balance. The fruit flavors are lively and crisp, with blackberry and currant notes, vivid enough to carry masses of toasty —Thomas Matthews
This wine has quickly established itself as one of the best in California, though limited production makes it nearly impossible to find. The '99 Bryant is a dark, saturated, mouthcoating wine that's fairly muscular, loaded with plush smoky currant, herb, —James Laube
Though tough to find, this is one of the top Châteauneufs being made today. A remarkable effort in the '99 vintage. Beautiful. Inky-black and very intense, built in a modern style, like a top Bordeaux classified-growth, with plenty of freshly crushed ber —Per-Henrik Mansson
This is the best release from this well-known California winery in some time. Dusty berry, currant, anise and cedary oak aromas follow through to a rich, concentrated core of flavors on the palate; yet for all its weight, there's a sense of suppleness and —James Laube
Tuscany enjoyed another fine vintage in '99, and the top wines are starting to hit store shelves now. This Chianti is gorgeous, with plum, berry and black licorice character and hints of minerals. Full- to medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh and —James Suckling
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