Syrah gets the star treatment in France's northern Rhone -- with Hermitage being one of the best examples. From one of the appellation's top producers comes this outstanding wine. Complex but in a firm, crisp style, cascading with pretty game, smoke and t
Aug. 19, 1999
CASTELLO BANFI Brunello di Montalcino
90 points, $40
A very energetic '94 Brunello. Subtle character of spices, ripe fruits and earth. Medium- to full-bodied, with full, velvety tannins and a long finish. Best from 2000 through 2005. 45,000 cases made.
Aug. 17, 1999
GROTH Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve
95 points, $125
Smooth, ripe and polished, with rich, complex layers of currant, herb, cedar, tar, black cherry and spice, finishing long and supple. Best from 2000 through 2009. 1,350 cases made.
Aug. 16, 1999
SCRIMAGLIO Barbaresco Bricco Loreto 1995
93 points, $32
Piedmont's Nebbiolo grape shines in Barbaresco and Barolo. This new Barbaresco release is elegant in a traditional, crisp style. Has finesse and delivers: ripe tannins, amazing ripe and sweet fruit, a clean finish, and -- the best for last -- lovely miner