St. Francis winemaker Tom Mackey is known for using a heavy dose of smoky American oak -- yet the St. Francis wines have the fruit to back it up. The St. Francis Merlot is one of the top California Merlots. The '97 Reserve is superripe, rich and oaky, in —James Laube
1997 has all the hallmarks of being a classic vintage for California Cabernet Sauvignon. Perennially one of the top Cabernet-based wines from California, the '97 Maya from Dalla Valle nears perfection. Dark, rich and absolutely delicious, boasting a tight —James Laube
From a winery that needs no introduction. The '97 Reserve Cab is packed with currant, black cherry, plum, cedar and spice nuances, finishing long and complete. This Mondavi reserve is a dark, immense, deeply concentrated and sharply focused red. Best from —James Laube
From a winery that is really on a roll recently comes this impressive Merlot. Espresso-style, deeply concentrated, boasting a core of rich currant, coffee, black cherry and anise. Firms up on the finish, where a touch of bay leaf adds complexity to the fl —James Laube
From a winery synonymous with Merlot comes an outstanding Cabernet. This is one of the last wines made by winemaker Tom Rinaldi before he left to join the Chalone group. Delicious. Dark, rich and polished, with deep flavors of earthy currant, black cherry —James Laube
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