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
Penfolds' flagship white may be a tough find, but it's worth the search. Classically proportioned, with gorgeous nectarine, pear, grapefruit, hazelnut and clove flavors wrapped in a satin texture, all lingering effortlessly on the long, long finish. Favor —Harvey Steiman
Beautiful, vivid fruit, earth and mineral aromas, with rich, deeply flavored, succulent pear, fig, mineral, hazelnut and creamy flavors. The texture is smooth and supple, and the finish goes on and on. Drink now through 2007. 1,041 cases made. —James Laube
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