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2012 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Bella Forte’, Gold Vineyard, Oregon

This Port-style dessert wine can’t be labeled “Port” because it wasn’t made in Portugal. But trust us: If you love “the real thing,” you’ll love this Oregon version, crafted by a vintner (John Quinones) who was educated by Portugal’s... Read more

2012 Wakefield ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley Estate, Australia

A $200 bottle of wine sealed with a screw cap? Don’t stick up your nose; stick your nose in the glass, and prepare for a Jekyll-and-Hyde wine experience — and we mean that in a good way. You see, this is an unusual wine in that the flavor is not... Read more

1976 Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling, Auslese, QmP, Rheingau, Germany

Wow! It’s alive, and then some! The color was a clear, dark amber. Initial aromas included lychee nut, smoke and orange rind. With time, the fruit emerged from its slumber: baked apple, grilled peach and nectarine. Add in ghostly whiffs of pine,... Read more

1964 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Grand Reserva Especial, Rioja, Spain

A beautifully mature wine, with a heady nose of dried cherries and tea. The finish is long and pleasing. This bottling speaks well for the aging potential of well-made Rioja. MSRP: N/A (March 1997) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1999 Verite, La Joie, Sonoma

From a Jess Jackson winery, this wine will emerge in a few years as an extraordinary bargain at $90 retail. Dense and opulent, the nose takes “brooding” to a whole new level. Thick, extracted berry fruit. Throw in layers of licorice and black... Read more