An outstanding wine, ripe and intense, with firm layers of earthy currant, anise, black cherry and plum flavors framed by tight tannins and spicy, cedary oak notes. Best from 2002 through 2010. 14,000 cases made. —James Laube
Founded in 1981 by Don and Rhonda Carano, this winery has built a name for itself over the years. Their '98 Reserve Chardonnay is elegant, with rich, ripe pear, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg shadings that are deep and well-rounded, finishing with a long, com —James Laube
Here's another terrific red from California's outstanding '97 vintage. Wonderful richness, depth, complexity and concentration to this Napa Cabernet, its layers of spicy currant, anise, blackberry, plum and light toasty oak folding together for a deliciou —James Laube
Made from Mourvèdre, this robust, rich and meaty-tasting French red offers roasted red plum and berry flavors and a good backbone of acidity. There's a beautiful aroma of kirsch and clove, with appealing leathery notes on the finish. Best from 2002 throu —Kim Marcus
A stylish red, perhaps a bit shy for the vintage, but it has all the requisites to develop well. It's firm in texture and bright in flavor, with exuberant raspberry and red cherry flavors popping through the fine-grained tannins and persisting on the fini —Harvey Steiman
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