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
Terrific. Finely etched and intense, this Riesling VT combines mature notes of honey, burnished wood and clove with fresh pine, citrus and apple, all displayed on a firm, lean structure. Quite dry and seemingly ageless, with a long, smoky finish. Drink no —Bruce Sanderson
This Languedoc red is a powerful, well-focused and finely structured wine, with intense red fruit flavors and spicy, meaty notes. Clean and pure-tasting, with a delicate smoky aroma and an impressive core of cherry, currant and raspberry flavors that buil —Kim Marcus
In 1997, Tuscany enjoyed it best vintage since 1990, and many of the top reds are now being released. This is dark ruby in color, with extremely ripe raisin and spice aromas. Full-bodied and very chewy, with loads of polished tannins and a long, long fini —James Suckling
Muga—s high-end Torre Muga cuvée may be the best Rioja being made today. Beautifully aromatic, with notes of cassis, lilacs, coffee and spices, this sinuous Spanish red is polished and elegant, yet dense with fruit, oak and earthy flavors that linger a —Bruce Sanderson
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