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News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2003 California Cabernet Retrospective: At Age 10, Wines Show the Year's Difficulties

In a recent blind tasting, a dozen wines shine, but overall the vintage comes up short compared to the surrounding years

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Power of the Place

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Storm Clouds, Silver Lining

A rain-dampened 2011 vintage for California Chardonnay results in lighter-style wines

Posted: July 31, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Terroir Is a Sticking Point in France's Cola Wars

The fine wine set's most controversial vocabulary word is crossing over into the mainstream

Posted: July 30, 2013  By James Laube

A lay person could be forgiven for thinking a group of vintners and enophiles talking shop were speaking another language. In many ways, they are—the American winespeak vernacular draws on words rooted in many foreign tongues, but predominantly French. But some of our idiomatic terms are occasionally adopted by the general populace.

"Vintage" might be the most prominent example. Collectibles of every ilk are now referred to by aficionados as "vintage," from cars to clothes. Sportscasters regularly call a veteran ballplayer's banner day a "vintage performance."

Thanks to a bubbling battle of Paris cola drinkers and the Wall Street Journal, terroir could be the unlikely next wine term to make the leap into the mainstream.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Noteworthy Napa Cabernets

New reviews of 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, several under $100

Posted: July 8, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Focused California Pinot Noirs

New reviews from the 2011 vintage in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation

Posted: July 1, 2013  By James Laube

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Mondavi’s Keeper of the Flame

Posted: June 30, 2013  By James Laube

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Zinfandel Powerhouse

Larry Turley delivers rich, full-bodied reds that reflect his zest for life

Posted: June 30, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Neyers Perspective

Experience breeds quality for longtime California wine man Bruce Neyers, whose recent vintages from Napa and Sonoma are exceptional

Posted: June 17, 2013  By James Laube

There are so many things that Neyers winery is doing right these days that it's hard to know where to begin. Bruce and Barbara Neyers have been married for 46 years, sweethearts since they were teens; they have three children and reside at their winery in Conn Valley, a slender offshoot midway through Napa Valley.

What impresses me about their winery goes beyond the quality of the wines, which is often exceptional, and extends to the sensibility of pricing.

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Wine Rating Inflation

Posted: June 15, 2013  By James Laube

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