Since they purchased it in 1990, Bart and Daphne Araujo have proven to be excellent caretakers of the Eisele vineyard -- one of California's most famous vineyards. Their '97, made by winemaker Françoise Peschon, is another outstanding wine. Smooth, rich —James Laube
This California Cabernet has made a name for itself over the last two decades, and the winery has scored "classic" with its just-released '97. Serves up lots of ripe black cherry, currant and plum-laced flavors, with a pretty touch of earth, anise and min —James Laube
This Cabernet has one of the longest track records in California Cabernet history, and the '97 is an extraordinary wine. Dense, rich and earthy, with tiers of complex currant, earth, cedar, black cherry, mineral and anise flavors, keeping a tight, sharp f —James Laube
Here's an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany. Interesting aromas of ripe fruit and meat, with hints of dried herbs. Full-bodied and very concentrated, with plenty of velvety tannins and a long finish. Give it time in the bottle. Best after 2001. —James Suckling
From the amazing '97 vintage in Tuscany comes this classic — one of the original "super Tuscans." Big and powerful Merlot, with loads of fruit and concentration. Dark ruby color. Intense aromas of blackberries, spices and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with —James Suckling
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