This classic Châteauneuf is a thick, dense and immensely attractive red. Harmonious from start to finish, with distinct vanilla, sweet chocolate and spice character plus ripe black fruit, roasted game, grilled meat and smoke notes. Incredibly silky tanni —Kim Marcus
Deep, ripe, rich and concentrated, this outstanding California Chardonnay delivers layers of fig, pear, apple and melon and gains nice oaky touches of hazelnut and cedar before finishing with a burst of fruit. Drink now through 2005. 9,500 cases made. —James Laube
Dark, ripe, rich and focused, this California Cabernet-based blend offers tiers of currant, mineral, anise, sage and cedar, all folding neatly together and finishing with a chocolaty edge. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Drink now through 2009. 4,351 —James Laube
Here's a classic red from the outstanding '97 Tuscan vintage. This is a big and powerful wine. Quite dark in color, with an intense blackberry, raspberry and floral character. Full-bodied, with very chewy tannins. Very tight now; best after 2005. 1,077 ca —James Suckling
Here—s a standout from Tuscany's great '97 vintage. A fabulous red, young and racy. Deep dark ruby in color, with focused aromas of blackberries, wood and very ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Best after 20 —James Suckling
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