Miguel Torres, who heads up his family's Penedès winery in Spain, has steadily turned his Chilean venture into one of the country's top wineries. This, his high-end wine, really excelled in the superb '99 vintage.
Blackberry, spice and sanguine ar —James Molesworth
Here's another gorgeous '00 white Burgundy worth a spot in your cellar. Supersupple, silky yet fresh and lively premier cru, showing a great mineral grip and lots of ripe, sweet fruit that is like a delightful summer fruit dessert. Long finish with —Per-Henrik Mansson
Alvaro Palacios helped put the long overlooked Priorat region back on the map in the early '90s, and now his L'Ermita has established itself as the region's top wine. This big red draws you in with flavors of coffee, plum, blackberry and tobacco, then tur —Thomas Matthews
Just a hair off the quality of the '98, this Tuscan Merlot is superb nonetheless. Gorgeous black olive and ripe fruit aromas in this Merlot. Full-bodied, with big, rich and chewy tannins and a long, long, ripe fruit finish. Fantastic. Best after 2006. 2,8 —James Suckling
Despite a troubled red wine harvest in '00, the Burgundy region's whites have a lot to offer. The Meursault Charmes from Olivier Leflaive is a firm and tightly wound wine with lots of ripe fruit -- the combination makes you salivate, it's so seductive and —Per-Henrik Mansson
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