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Clape is one of Cornas' top producers, with this wine coming from his oldest vines. Refined and firmly structured, but there is plenty of ripe, sweet fruit in this lovely, dark, full-bodied Syrah. Digs into the soil, displaying mineral, wet earth and smok —Per-Henrik Mansson
Natasha Mooney is the head winemaker for this cooperative of Barossa growers established in 1985. Ripe, plush and generous with its gorgeous blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit, shaded with meat and black truffle notes that weave through the long, cushion —Harvey Steiman
Gaja's '97 Costa Russi is as great as his 1996. I love the mineral, berry and raspberry aromas, with a light mint undertone. Full-bodied, round and unctuous, with fine tannins and a long, ripe fruit aftertaste. Firm and tight. Forget this in the cellar fo —James Suckling
Piedmont enjoyed a stellar vintage in 1997 -- this classic Barolo is just one of many in this vintage. The best wine ever from Clerico and one of the best textbook Barolos I have ever tasted. Dark, with amazing aromas of crushed berries, flowers and spice —James Suckling
This is the flagship wine for this venerable Rhône négociant. The '99 La Chapelle is pretty, with a supple opulence enveloped in "fat" tannins and ripe fruit. Delivers plum, blackberry and black cherry character. Tight and firm for now, even closed. Nee —Per-Henrik Mansson
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