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Piedmont enjoyed a trio of amazing vintages from 1997 through 1999. The '98 Cannubi Boschis shows the hallmarks of the '98 vintage -— balance and elegance. All in harmony and refinement. Glorious aromas of roses, berries and minerals. Full-bodied, with —James Suckling
Alvaro Palacios helped put Priorat on the map, and now he's doing the same for the formerly obscure Bierzo region of northwest Spain. Made from the Mencía grape, this red wine is beautiful and distinctive. It marries savage flavors with sleek structure, —Thomas Matthews
Here's a brilliant offering from Champagne's ripe '95 vintage. Very distinctive aromas of coconut and vanilla, with oxidation adding complexity, followed by fresh citrus, oatmeal and honey notes. It's all displayed on a firm, powerful structure that needs —Bruce Sanderson
The '99 California Cabernets are an impressive group, so it's no surprise that the Dalla Valle Maya is a classic. Massive and concentrated, if a bit angular and tightly wound, with chewy, chunky leather, pencil lead, currant and herbal flavors that are fr —James Laube
From arguably the top Champagne producer these days, this '88 keeps getting better. It shows brilliant aromas of coconut, tropical fruit, candied citrus peel and spring blossoms that hint at perfection, yet the structure is firm and unyielding. Then it al —Bruce Sanderson
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