A serious Shiraz, crisp in texture, brightly ripe in flavor, tightly packed with blackberry, plum and a spicy mineral note that weaves through the firm finish. This has plenty of depth. Tightly wound, it needs cellaring to flesh out. Best from 2004 throug —Harvey Steiman
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
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