Made from air-dried grapes, thus concentrating their sweetness, Amarone is one of the world's unique wines. This one from Allegrini is still closed, yet there are masses of fruit here, so give this outstanding Amarone some time. Vivid aromas of violets, b —James Suckling
A glorious Pinot Noir, offering layers of flavor on an elegant frame, with black cherry, blueberry, plum, exotic spices and a tinge of orange peel mingling on the finish. Tannins are well-submerged, but not shy. Tempting now, but give it time. Best after
The polished style of this supple Pinot emphasizes its pretty black cherry and violet-petal aromas and flavors, which linger effortlessly on the round finish. Has a nice tinge of pepper as well. Drink now. 2,500 cases made.
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
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