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Tasting notes: The texture is smooth, and flavors of chocolate, spiced plum, espresso, and tarragon lead to a lengthy crescendo. Worth knowing: The vistas from a 165-acre parcel on the Sonoma County...
Tasting notes: The 2006 Melis Priorat, like the region itself, exhibits contrasts. Black cherry and sweet floral notes greet the nose, while on the palate, the wine conjures earthier flavors of...
Tasting notes: This inaugural vintage of Mesa Reserve Syrah is a melding of deeply extracted blackberry with the pungency of roasted coffee, sweet tobacco, tar, and earthy chaparral. Worth knowing:...
Tasting notes: The seductive, smoky nose gives way on the palate to dark plum, blueberry, juniper berry, and cocoa essences. Worth knowing: Since 1961, when present patriarch, Angelo Gaja, first...
Tasting notes: The Rennina 2004, of which 2,200 cases were made, is a dark-red sangiovese redolent of violets, rosemary, spiced wood, and wild berries. Its flavor profile is an opulent amalgam of...
Tasting notes: This ruby-colored wine’s flavors are a saturated and have a rich rotation of ripe cherry, wild berry, allspice, and a gamy touch of dried meat. Worth knowing: Although the four estates...
Tasting notes: Silky and dense, this dark red is laden with aromas of boysenberry, crème de cassis, and soft vanilla. Its broad palate mingles flavors of dark berry, sandalwood, and caramel. Worth...
Tasting notes: It eschews the showy ripeness of some California reds, offering instead beautifully layered strata of dried cherry and boysenberry, earthy herbal notes of chaparral, deep mineral...
Tasting notes: This inaugural blend of traditional Douro grapes (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela) conjures a bosky bouquet of brambleberries, sweet smoke,...
Tasting notes: Purple-black and darkly luscious, this full-bodied red has intense aromas and flavors—black raspberry, cassis, melted dark chocolate, and roasted coffee—that seem the embodiment of its...
Tasting notes: Exhibits the dark color and rich texture of a cabernet, yet its lively acids and wonderful rose-petal aromas remind one that this is pinot at its purest. Worth knowing: Merry Edwards...
Tasting notes: The Hourglass 2006 Blueline Vineyard Merlot is exceptionally dark, roiling with aromas of black cherry, grape lozenge, coffee, and plum. The wine’s mouthfeel is velvety and dense, and...
Tasting notes: Shines with lovely, complex fruit and amazing elegance. Racy, long, fresh, and charming. Can be drunk now or cellared for many years. Worth knowing: This fourth-generation producer is...
Tasting notes: The DuMOL 2006 Finn Pinot Noir has opulent blackberry and plum flavors with earthy undercurrents of mushroom, nutmeg, and anise. Worth knowing: Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley—the...
Tasting notes: A rich, creamy, gorgeously textured composition of dark-berry liqueur, cocoa, smoky chaparral, and sandalwood. Worth knowing: Randy Lewis, a former Formula Three racer, moved to Napa...
Tasting notes: Stunning plum, cassis, berries, and sweet oak overlay a gorgeous texture and rich, soft tannins. Long and intense without being overdone, this extraordinary red wine shows amazing...
Tasting notes: Beautifully rendered, but playful, its blueberry intertwines with the leathery, cigar-sweet refrains of the syrah to create an intoxicating jazz impromptu that envelops nose and palate...
Tasting notes: Inky, powerful, and saturated with plum and spice, the wine presents amazing structure and complexity that leave no doubt that Argentina is redrawing the map of world-class wine...
Tasting notes: Elegant and amazing, this wine is ripe, lush, beefy, and tangy with acidity and depth of flavor. It goes long and deep on the palate, revealing spiced plum and ripe berries. Worth...
Tasting notes: Velvety on the palate yet packed with explosive plum, blackberry, and spice, this shiraz combines lovely texture and bright acidity. Seamlessly exquisite and long on the finish, it...
Tasting notes: This pinot noir is scented with wild roses and heather and offers a deep blackberry reduction spiced with cinnamon and cocoa, followed by an earthy finish of roasted beet. Worth...
Tasting notes: Huge, concentrated, and blessed with a vault-like structure, this gorgeous wine should continue to develop for the next decade or more. Worth knowing: The traditional 59-acre Mas de...
Tasting notes: The 2006 offers aromas of black cherry and a long finish of cedar, brown spice, and toasted vanilla bean. Worth knowing: Dominus is the brainchild of Christian Moueix, whose family...
Tasting notes: Le Macchiole 2005 has an amazingly fleshy structure from which hang juicy, racy flavors of ripe plum and black raspberry supported by pure, silky-crisp acidity. It is awesomely complex...
Tasting notes: Heady aromas of red-raspberry liqueur, ripe cherry, and concentrated boysenberry wash over scents of allspice and sandalwood. The texture—a voluptuous liquid fabric that is at once...
Tasting notes: Grown northeast of Rutherford, Calif., near Lake Hennessey, this inky, voluptuous wine gives off heady, spellbinding aromas of blackberry, black cherry, rose water, and wildflowers,...
Tasting notes: The Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits fruit and sarsaparilla aromas and an alluring blend of boysenberry, black-cherry, and currant flavors. The French-...
Tasting notes: As might be expected, Cheval Blanc outperforms, exhibiting a heady nose of lush black fruit and spice followed by complex notes of cocoa, vanilla and berry on the palate. It finishes...
Tasting notes: This dark red brims with black-cherry, black-currant, and blackberry flavors that give way on the finish to soft tannins accented by earthy clove and red apple. Only 440 cases were...
Tasting notes: Dances with astoundingly deep plum, blackberry, cassis and lively acid. As close to perfect as merlot gets. Worth knowing: The Ornellaia estate was first planted in Bolgheri by...

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