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YearWineVarietyLocationPriceNumRating
1998 Capcanes Pansal De Calas Dolce Dessert Wine  19.996   
1996Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico   552  WS 90
Beautifully crafted, with ripe plum, berry and light coffee aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Drink now.
2001Artadi Vinas De GainRioja   5  RP 94 points
Te 2001 Vinas de Gain (100% Tempranillo) is a fabulous effort for the price (one of the best buys in the marketplace). Aged in French oak casks (about 40% new) for 12-14 months, it boasts a deep purple color to the rim as well as a per-fume of raspberries, blackberries, crushed stones, and white flowers. With extraordinary precision, definition, and finesse, great elegance, wonderful sweetness, me-dium body, and a gorgeously textured finish, it caresses the palate, offering considerable personality and overall symmetry. It will drink beautifully for 7-8 years.
1997Azelia BaroloRed Wine   2  WS 87
A pretty, aromatic, old-style red, with plums, berries and mushrooms. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long chocolate, cedar and plum aftertaste. Slightly bitter. Best after 2004. 255 cases made.
1997Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour - Private ReserveCabernet  94.992  WS 95
An extraordinary wine, dense, rich and earthy, with broad, plush tannins and tiers of complex currant, earth, cedar, black cherry, mineral and anise flavors. Keeps a tight focus on the long, rich, detailed aftertaste. Best from 2002 through 2010.
1997Cardinale Winery CardinaleBlend  94.993  RP 98
Wonderfully proportioned, smooth and ripe, with rich black cherry, currant, wild berry and spice, offering depth and complexity, turning elegant and sophisticated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
1999Catena Cabernet Sauvignon Agrelo VineyardsCabernet  143  RP 94
2000Catena ChardonnayChardonnay  123  RP 90
1998Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot Saint-Emilion Grand CruBordeaux  53.991  RP 94
Very well done. Gorgeous aromas of raspberry, cherry and flowers. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Best after 2006. 5,415 cases made.
1998Chateau Ferrand Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand CruBordeaux  44.991  RP 92
Deep, full ruby. Spicy, perfumed aromas of dark berries, violet and mint. Juicy but a bit inky in the mouth; comes across as rather heavily extracted. Firm acidity.
1998Chateau Reynella Shiraz McLaren Vale Basket PressedShiraz  292  WS 93
Crisp and juicy Shiraz, rich with fruit, bursting with flavor, offering a cascade of bright berry, guava, plum and anise flavors, echoing with a distinctive black pepper note on the spicy finish. Fine-grained tannins don't get in the way. Drink now through 2012. 8,000 cases made.
Highly Recommended
1995Chateau Saint GermainRed Wine   2   
1998Château L'Enclos PomerolBordeaux  281  WS 87
Rather lean for a 1998 Pomerol, but very good, with plum and flower aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins but a slightly short finish. Best after 2006. 3,880 cases made.
1993Château Léoville Barton St.-JulienBordeaux  401  WS 88
Léoville Barton continues to move up. Bright berry flavor and a lovely, silky tannin structure. Wonderful ripe fruit and long, delicious finish. Very well made.
1998Château Pavie-Macquin St.-Emilion Grand CruBordeaux  59.991  WS 93
Very new-wave style.Wonderfully attractive. Dark color. Gorgeous aromas of berry, violet and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and an intense fruity, chocolate aftertaste. Best after 2007
1983Château Prieuré-Lichine MargauxBordeaux  552  WS 96
Very ripe and concentrated, perfumy and generous with cassis, chocolate and cedar aromas and flavors, yet neither heavy nor powerful.
1998Château Troplong-Mondot St.-Emilion Grand CruBordeaux  49.991  WS 93
Intense aromas of ripe berries, tobacco and toasted oak with mineral. Full-bodied, with well-integrated, superfine tannins and a long, long finish. Extremely sexy, yet elegant. Best after 2008. 6,665 cases made.
1998Cristom Chardonnay Willamette Valley Germaine VineyardChardonnay  153  WS 86
Light and floral, with leafy apple and resiny pine aromas and flavors. The woody notes stick out a bit. Drink now through 2003.
1998D'Arenberg Shiraz McLaren Vale The Dead ArmShiraz  602  RP 96
This is a round, generous Shiraz that's packed with layers of flavor, offering ripe berry, plum, exotic spices and a touch of mint as the long finish unfurls. Can go decades in the cellar. Best after 2003. 6,500 cases made.
1996Dolce Winery DolceDessert Wine  552  WE 92
Ripe hay, vanilla, and apricot mark the nose; deep orange flavors with cinnamon spice notes and a very smooth mouthfeel are the already promising attributes of this infant. All the right elements are there, and in good balance. Best cellared for three to five years.
1995Domaine De Baruel Vin de pays des CevennesRed Wine  202  RP 91
From a small 12 Ha domaine in the Cevennes, in the South of France, this is a remarkable Syrah-based wine of real interest and complexity. Lovely spicy nose of smoky Syrah fruit, leading on to a ripe, full palate with dusty, dry tannins and dense, firm structure. Absolutely superb, and needs a decade or so in the bottle to soften fully.
1998Domaine des Baumard Quarts de ChaumeWhite Wine  39.991  WS 94
Lovely crystallinelike purity to this Loire white,with orange and cherry blossom weaving throughcitrus flavors and notes of almond and honey. It'shigh-toned but has plenty of intensity, with acore of ripe, focused acidity allowing it all tohang together in wonderful balance. Best from 2002 through 2013.
Highly Recommended
1999Dutschke Willow BendBlend  22.994  WS 93
1997Flora Springs TrilogyBlend  451  WE 93
Smooth, rich and polished, with smoky, toasty, vanilla-scented oak adding a pleasing flavor dimension to the juicy core of black cherry, currant, anise, cedar, olive and herb. Drink now through 2008.
1998Folie à Deux Zinfandel Amador County Bowman VineyardZinfandel  264  WS 86
Dried berry, plum, mustard seed and vanilla flavors finish with earthy and firm tannins. Drink now through 2004. 2,073 cases made.
1994G.A.E.C. Charvin G. et Fils Chateauneuf du PapeRed Wine   1   
1992Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ReserveCabernet   1  WS 88
Trim and austere, with a light band of currant, earth and cherry flavors, picking up subtle herbal tones on the finish. Tightly wound, young and needs to age until 1998.
1992Girard Chardonnay Napa Valley EstateCabernet  181  WS 88
Smooth and creamy, with ripe spicy pear, vanilla and toasty notes that are rich and focused, finishing with good length and flavor.
2000GrothMerlot  301   
1998Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa ValleyBlend  1001  WS 93
A dark, deliciously rich and complex youngster, brimming with layers of curant, blackberry, plum, mineral, spice, chocolate and cedar. Finishes with a gush of flavors, yet maintains its finesse and grace. Best from 2002 through 2012. 14,000 cases made.
1998Oakford Cabernet Sauvignon OakvilleCabernet  1002  WE 95
Flashy oak and deep, pure blackcurrants show from the first whiff; it has enough glycerin to float the Sixth Fleet. Doesn't disappoint on the palate, with ripe blackberry flavors and gorgeous, velvety tannins. Closes long, with a sweet, richly-fruited finish. Heidi Peterson Barrett as winemaker. Drink now through 2009. 550 cases made.
1999Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes-HermitageSyrah   1   
2000Pazo de Señorans AlbarinoWhite Wine  143  RP 92
White - Intense aroma, high quality. A low-yield grape of exceptional quality, native to northwestern Spain. This is one of the revived varietals.
1975Pesquera    5  90
Atypical. A little spritz in both the aroma and palate gives the raisin, mint and chocolate flavors a hard edge, yet a freshness too, balancing the concentration and leaving an impression of lightness on the finish
1997Pine Ridge Crimson CreekMerlot  201  WS 87
Smooth and polished, with an earthy, cedary band of plum and cherry. Firms up on the finish, where the tannins show more strength.Best from 2001 through 2007. (20800 cases produced)
1998Poggio Al Sole Toscana SerraselvaBlend  582  WS 95
Glorious blackberries, currants and berries. Full-bodied and incredibly classy, with a solid palate and ultrafine tannins. Goes on and on. One of the most underrated producers in the business. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2006. 550 cases made.
1996Raymond GenerationsCabernet  501  WS 92
Wonderful texture, polish and finesse, with a pretty core of currant, black cherry, plum and spice. Rounds out nicely on the complex finish, with a firm edge to the tannins. Drink now through 2008.
1998Ridge GeyservilleZinfandel  32.992  WE 90
74% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 1% Mataro. Simple but pleasant, with cherry, berry and raspberry flavor that keeps its fruity profile. It’s just plain delicious, old-vine, succulent juice. Jammy, juicy, vibrant and tight, it has a long life ahead. Drinkable now.
1999Ridge Ridge Zinfandel Late PickedZinfandel  2612   
2001Robert Mondavi Pinot NoirPinot Noir  162   
1998Rosenblum Zinfandel Redwood Valley Rhodes Vineyard Annette's ReserveZinfandel  261  WS 90
Hits all the right notes, with ripe, spicy cherry, plum and blackberry that's rich and lively, turning supple and polished on a long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2005. 1,800 cases made.
1998Rosenblum Zinfandel Russian River Valley Alegria VineyardZinfandel  263  WS 92
Beautifully crafted, ripe, rich and juicy, with pretty layers of plum, wild berry, black cherry, toasty oak, finishing with a long, lively aftertaste. Tannic. Drink now through 2008.
1997Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander ValleyCabernet  601  WS 88
A bit chalky at first, it turns to herb, currant and coffee flavors that are rich and elegant, finishing with dill and sage notes and chewy tannins. Drink now through 2008. 47,000 cases made
1997Smith-Madrone Cabernet SauvignonCabernet  39.992  WE 92
From a tiny estate vineyard on Spring Mountain, this is a rich and tremendously concentrated Cabernet. Blackberry and cassis flavors are tightly wound around firm but pretty tannins, and the oak is modulated. Polished and elegant, it's ready to drink tonight, but will age for many years.
1999Sportoletti Umbria Villa Fidelia RedRed Wine  402  RP 96
compelling...undoubtedly the super-star of this area... gorgeous aromas of blackberries, cassis, espresso, chocolate, and a touch of smoke...fabulous concentration, full body, great precision as well as purity...Displaying an overall elegance and gracefulness despite its depth and richness...prodigious effort. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2004
1997Spring Mountain Vinyard Spring Mountain SyrahSyrah   5  WS 91
Dark, ripe and complex, with rich, intense black cherry, spice, plum, beef and chocolate notes, finishing with firm tannins and fine length. Best from 2001 through 2008.
1997St. Supéry Meritage Red Napa ValleyBlend  39.994  WS 91
Serves up a wide range of complex flavors--currant, black cherry, wild berry, herb, sage, currant and tobacco, finishing with a pretty array of vanilla-scented oak. Drink now through 2008. 4,186 cases made.
1997Vignavecchia Colli della Toscana Centrale RaddeseSangiovese  29.993  WS 92
Extremely well-built Sangiovese. Fascinating aromas of orange peel, berry and cherry. Full-bodied, with super-well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Not usually imported into the U.S. Best after 2002.

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