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While known for its Chardonnay, Kistler is also making superlative Pinot Noir these days. The —98 CMR is extraordinary. Dark color, gorgeous flavors, with rich and exotic aromas of black cherry, fresh roasted coffee, mocha, currant and spice. Fills out —James Laube
While Châteauneuf grabbed all the early headlines in '98, Côte-Rôtie may turn out to be the best performer in this vintage. This release from Delas is supple and seductive. Round and ripe, but also clean, fresh and vibrant, this shows balance. Full-bod —Per-Henrik Mansson
On the heels of the ripe, showy '98 Châteauneufs come the structured, racy '99—s. Rhone lovers have a bevy of choices these days. Tannic, well-crafted blockbuster that's a blend of modern and traditional. Gorgeous, full-bodied and dark-colored. Thick, —Per-Henrik Mansson
Despite the tricky '98 vintage, Phelps has turned out another outstanding Insignia. The '98 is a dark, deliciously rich and complex youngster, brimming with layers of currant, blackberry, plum, mineral, spice, chocolate and cedar. Finishes with a gush of —James Laube
Here—s a late-release from the '97 vintage that is worth hunting down. There's gorgeous fruit in this Cab, with flavors of juicy currant and plum, exotic spices, coffee beans and herbs. It's smooth, rich and creamy, finishing with ripe, integrated tanni —James Laube
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