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Nearly a classic, the '99 Cabernet from Darioush shows off the vintage's pedigree. Wonderfully rich, intense and concentrated Cabernet, with neat layers of tightly focused currant, black cherry, anise, sage and cedary oak. Given all its flavor and richnes —James Laube
California Merlot has steadily improved, despite the seemingly ubiquitous offerings. This version from Shafer is smooth-textured, with polished currant, mocha, cranberry and cherry, plus touches of tobacco, coffee and spice. A bit tough-edged with tannin, —James Laube
In just a few vintages, Torbreck has put itself among the elite of Australia with its powerful RunRig Shiraz. Ripe and generous, showing impressive density without tremendous weight, this Australian red offers concentrated blueberry, plum, mineral and bit —Harvey Steiman
The '99 California Cabernets are starting to be released and all indications point toward a superb vintage, a welcome relief after the weak '98s.
The '99 Spottswoode is a dazzling wine, sleek and sophisticated, with beautiful ripe fruit purity. It has —James Laube
Miguel Torres, who heads up his family's Penedès winery in Spain, has steadily turned his Chilean venture into one of the country's top wineries. This, his high-end wine, really excelled in the superb '99 vintage.
Blackberry, spice and sanguine ar —James Molesworth
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