A fabulous northern Rhône. This serious Hermitage has its roots deep in hillside soil, with mineral, wet earth and grilled character. Intense and complex, showing a toasted, smoky essence and loads of blackberry flavors. Refined tannins turn firm and giv —Kim Marcus
From California—s perhaps top Chardonnay producer comes yet another great release. The '97 Durell is a seamless wine of classic proportions. Ripe, rich and polished, with tiers of pear, citrus, melon, hazelnut and fig culminating in a long, polished aft —James Laube
There's a lovely crystallike purity to this Loire white (made from late-harvested Chenin Blanc), with orange and cherry blossom weaving through citrus flavors and notes of almond and honey. It's high-toned but has plenty of intensity, with a core of ripe, —Kim Marcus
Here—s an oustanding Brunello from the excellent '95 vintage. Fine, elegant and long. Floral and aromatic, with red licorice character, medium body, very polished and fine tannins and a fresh finish. Give it time; best after 2002. 2,000 cases made. —James Suckling
This is a blockbuster Brunello -- the real thing. Tastes very ripe and earthy, with lots of wonderful fruit and wet leaf character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Best from 2000 through 2008. 3,945 cases made. —James Suckling
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