We?ve gotten our first look at the '99 whites from Burgundy, and the results are mixed. Nonetheless, here?s an outstanding one, from a venerable house that has made quite a turnaround in recent years. Clean, subtle and rich, this full-bodied white Burgund —Per-Henrik Mansson
This California Merlot is in a rich, dark, chocolaty style, tightly wound, with solid, well-integrated tannins and layers of plum, mineral, anise, currant and cedary-herbal flavors. Drink now through 2007. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,900 cases —James Laube
Round, firm, and packed with beautiful plum, berry and spice flavors; built to keep the tannins from overpowering the wine. The flavors just last and last, getting prettier by the sip. Best after 2003. 996 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Great complexity and depth. Mineral and licorice elements highlight this extracted '99 Riesling of fine length. Its thick texture and lively structure bode well for the future. Best from 2003 through 2012. 400 cases made. —Bruce Sanderson
This young Chardonnay impresses with its ripe, complex flavors -- rich layers of fig, honey, apricot, honeysuckle and citrus, all turning elegant and sophisticated. Drink now through 2006. 2,100 cases made. —James Laube
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