This partnership between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Antinori is always a quality wine. The '99 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Syrah and 2% Malbec. The classic cassis and chocolate aromas have an accent of caramel. Flavors include intense black currants and a touch of spice. The wine is as elegant as it is deep, with a long, complex finish. Editors' Choice. —C.S.
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