From Spain's venerable Vega Sicilia comes another outstanding release. This powerful red is like a finely tuned race car: energy under tight control. The fruit is vibrant, with blackberry and currant flavors, the tannins are muscular but well-integrated a —Thomas Matthews
This is one of the top Syrahs being made in California today. Dark, rich and chocolaty, with a deep core of currant, plum and blackberry. An immense, plush, boldly flavored wine, with exotic oak shadings. Drink now through 2010. 400 cases made. —James Laube
Founded in 1968, this winery was bought by a group of investors headed up by Jacob Safra in 1990. Since then, quality has been on the upswing. The '97 Reserve is a big, rich, dense and distinctive wine that works some earthy, leathery flavors into the cur —James Laube
Albeit expensive and hard to find, this is a small-production Pomerol that rates classic in the '98 vintage. The '98 Lafleur is a superb red, with fascinating aromas of berry, chocolate, smoke and dried herb. Full-bodied, with incredibly well-integrated t —James Suckling
Tenuta di Trinoro has only been around since 1992, when Barone Andrea Franchetti bought the nearly 60-acre site, situated in a rather wild area of Tuscany, south of the town of Montepulciano. He immediately cleared the vineyards completely and started pla —James Suckling
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