From a winery that has been one of California's heavy hitters for some time, the Stag's Leap '97 Cask 23 is a classic. Delivers marvelous richness, intensity and focus, with layers of spicy currant, coffee, anise, sage, cedar, mocha and mineral, and conti —James Laube
Founded in 1980, Cain has developed a reputation for hearty Cabernets. This blend of classic Bordeaux varietals is rich and earthy, with a leathery, minerally streak running through a plush core of black cherry, currant, sage. Drink now through 2010. Tast —James Laube
Here's another Northern Rhône winner, from one of Cornas' best producers. A bit odd because it's very raisiny, like an old-fashioned Zinfandel. But there is a lot of concentrated, sweet-tasting wine in this silky gem. Full-bodied, it displays layers of c —Per-Henrik Mansson
Always a late release, Guigal's "La La" wines are usually worth the wait. The '96 La Mouline is a warm, sweet-tasting, ripe Syrah. Yet this full-bodied Northern Rhône wine has a firm, muscular structure; it offers plum, black cherry, licorice, cassis, mo —Per-Henrik Mansson
This Cabernet blend from Conn Creek may be a little pricey, but it's a serious wine for the cellar. Delicious, smooth, rich and spicy, with complex and concentrated currant, anise, cedar, tar and cherry, intense and focused, long and detailed. Best from 2 —James Laube
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