After a fine performance in the tough '98 vintage, Viader has turned out another outstanding wine from the more even '99 vintage. Very rich and distinctive, with spicy currant, leather, tobacco, cedar and mocha aromas, and complex, concentrated, earth, cu —James Laube
The Cuvée Sauvage is the top white wine from this California winery, which was purchased by the giant Canandaigua Wines back in 1999. The '99 is rich, elegant and stylish, with pretty hazelnut, toasty marshmallow, pear, fig and citrus flavors that are ni —James Laube
Miguel Torres' Mas La Plana has a long history. The '97, though, is the best vintage we've yet tasted. Dense yet expressive, this rich red offers complex flavors of ripe plums, tobacco, minerals, coffee and exotic spices. It's structured and well-balanced —Thomas Matthews
John Kongsgaard, perhaps better known for the Chardonnays he produces under his eponymous label, makes the wines for Luna as well. This Merlot is rich, concentrated yet elegant in style, with waves of ripe flavors, supple coffee, currant, black cherry and —James Laube
Recent vintages have yielded some serious wines from this developing region. The '98 DDO Laurène is rich and intense, highly focused to project its aromas and flavors without being heavy. Centers on dazzling raspberry, blackberry, vanilla and roasted gam —Harvey Steiman
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