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
Bright, supple and open-textured, offering disarmingly pure currant and blackberry flavors that linger elegantly on the extra-long finish. Not a blockbuster; it's just yummy and refined. Tannins aren't intrusive, making this tempting now through 2009. 3,1 —Harvey Steiman
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