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
Here's an oustanding Cab from California's excellent '97 vintage. Definitelyan earthy, beefy and leathery red, but that's just part of the story as itsmineral, currant, berry and cedar notes grow in complexity and turn elegant,yet retain a hearty, rustic —James Laube
Piercing, haunting aromas like shadows--first smoke, then apple and mineral--introduce this severe, no-compromise white. Sleek and focused, it shares only a hint of the quince, dried apricot, forest floor and mineral embedded in its steel framework. Subtl —Bruce Sanderson
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