Jean Delmas, proprietor of Haut-Brion, has turned in another classic performance in the '98 vintage. Rich and wonderful wine, classic, with loads of vanilla, raspberry and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a long aftertaste of berry, gr —James Suckling
Girard winery was purchased by Leslie Rudd back in '96, and now Girard wines are a secondary label for Rudd Estate. Winemaker David Ramey is in charge. An intense and vibrant Bordeaux-style blend, offering a pretty array of black cherry, plum, sage, miner —James Laube
Perhaps better known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Babcock has recently added Syrah to its lineup. This '97 is concentrated and very intense, outstanding for its layers of rich, opulent cassis, black cherry, game and perfumed spice. Has wonderful len —James Laube
Nebbiolo lovers are faced with an embarrassment of riches right now, as Piedmont is enjoying back-to-back vintages of very high quality. Beautiful and powerful. Extremely attractive aromas of licorice, plum and cherry waft from the glass, while this full- —James Suckling
There's a lot to chase after from Piedmont these days -- here's another classic Barolo. The'96 Vigneto Arborina from Altare is a superpowerful wine, marked by amazing fruit concentration. It's full-bodied, with a wonderful core of very ripe blackberry cha —James Suckling
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