1999 wasn't a stand-out year for white Burgundy, but there are still some exceptional wines. This premier cru from Louis Carillon is fantastic. Ripe and thick-textured, the flavors cut through this full-bodied wine like light piercing porcelain, wi —Per-Henrik Mansson
Outstanding California Merlot. The '99 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot serves up a generous, juicy core of ripe plum, raspberry and wild berry, plus touches of chocolate, coffee and cedar before finishing with a smooth texture, the right amount of tannin and a —James Laube
This impressive Merlot is ripe, rich and full-bodied, revealing layers of currant, black cherry, plum, vanilla and cedar, while holding a tight focus and showing smooth texture. Drink now through 2006. 3,596 cases made. Spectator Selection.
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From one of the region's top producers comes another outstanding Cabernet. The '98 Leonetti is ripe, round and graceful, a pretty wine that's generous with its plum and black currant flavors, swirling with jasmine, rose petal and vanilla flavors, and ech —Harvey Steiman
This is the high-end cuvée for the top-notch southern Rhône producer, and it's a winner again in '99. A seductive wine that's rich and ripe, thick and delightful, filling the palate with sweet fruit that cascades in a symphony of subtle violet, plum and —Per-Henrik Mansson
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