Formerly with Bodegas Esmeralda, Nicolás Catena has moved into his new Catena Zapata winery. Despite confusing wine names, this is his flagship bottling, a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that sets a new quality standard for the region. Dense, this takes —James Molesworth
Delicious. Full, rich and exuding toasted brioche, vanilla and honey notes, this suave Champagne feels like velvet, ending with a lingering aftertaste of coffee. Drink now through 2005. 17,000 cases made. Highly Recommended.
A perennial benchmark for the region, this Alsace Riesling offers up wonderful aromas of peach, citrus and white pepper, with the peach theme continuing on the dry, full-bodied palate. It turns austere on the finish, but has the concentration and balance —Bruce Sanderson
The debut for this joint venture between Rust en Vrede's Jean Engelbrecht and pro golfer Ernie Els. Gorgeous, with polished currant, cocoa, boysenberry and toast aromas and flavors, supported by a seamless texture. You almost get lost in the long, dense, —James Molesworth
A high-end wine, but from one of the Rhône's top producers, it's worth tracking down. Graceful, classy, modern Hermitage. Toasted oak and milk chocolate complements the ripe fruit. Sweet tannins give this medium-bodied red a soft edge. Long, balanced, sa —Per-Henrik Mansson