It's hard to believe that the year 2000 is (finally!) only a month away. But if you've waited too long to get ahold of one of the seemingly hundreds of limited-release millennial bottlings that wineries allover the world have been touting for the past 12 months, or if you don't feel like paying a premium for Champagne, or if you're an iconoclast who doesn't want to usher in the next thousand years drinking the same wine as everyone else, then pay attention to the following. Three leading American wine retailers offer terrific suggestions on wines to try in 2000. Unlike most of those millennium bottles, these 20 wines are not exorbitantly priced (one even costs less than $10). They're also fairly easy to find. And last, though not least, every one of them is absolutely delicious and ready to drink right now.
ALL STAR WINE & SPIRITS | ALBANY, NY
1997 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Cornas $35 This has to be one of the most interesting red wines I have tasted in the past year. Made from 100 percent Syrah, it has big aromas of pepper, leather and exotic spices--imagine violets and roses in the middle of a barnyard and you'll have some idea of its fantastic bouquet. If you like rich, thick and chewy wines, this red will be a great new discovery for you.
1995 Michele Satta Piastraia $43 Super-Tuscan lovers, listen up! Here's a new wine to be reckoned with. It's got as much power as the ball that drops in Times Square on New Year's Eve. Its name? Piastraia. Made from a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, its taste is, in a word, intense. It is extremely aromatic and moderately full-bodied, with a good acidity that gives structure to its round, supple fruit. Serve it with your favorite Italian food.