From the very ripe and outstanding —97 vintage, comes this big and chewy Barbaresco, meaty and succulent. Aromatic of cherry, cedar, meat and berry, the wine is full-bodied, with lots of fruit and tannins. Long, sweet fruit finish. Traditional, yet beau —James Suckling
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
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