Here—s a classic Australian Shiraz, one of the top-scoring wines from our annual report on the region. Uncanny, the way the lapel-grabbing plum, berry and exotic spice flavors play out on a remarkably supple and elegant frame, with the fine tannins weav —Harvey Steiman
Wonderful balance, with rich, smooth black cherry and plum and hints of chocolate, herb and mineral. Finishes with a broad band of flavor and enough tannin to merit short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2006. 4,502 cases made. —James Laube
Powerful and intense, this Spanish red is as ripe and rich as a young vintage Port, bursting with flavors of black cherries and blueberries, chocolate and coffee, supported by muscular yet round tannins. An impressive achievement in an age of blockbuster —Thomas Matthews
Here's a success from California's tricky '98 vintage. Sharply focused on ripe and exotic fruit, this Sonoma white shows layers of juicy fig, nectarine, citrus, orange blossom, hazelnut and anise. Has a long, detailed finish, and a track record for improv —James Laube
Brilliant, with lively acidity keeping the citrus, pear and nectarine flavors bright and juicy through the finish, which picks up a touch of nutmeg-scented oak. Drink now through 2005. 2,400 cases made. —James Laube
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