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Dec. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

When It's Time to Drop a Wine

Posted: December 15, 2014  By James Laube

Dec. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Easy Sailing for 2004 Napa Cabernets

A steady growing season and a late burst of heat put 2004 wines in the sweet spot

Posted: December 15, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Rain Welcomed in Drought-Plagued California

Recent storms help, but water shortage remains a problem

Posted: December 5, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube reports that California has received some much-needed rain this week, but the state's long bout with drought isn't over.

Nov. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

A Super-Sized Cabernet Vintage

Posted: November 30, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Is There a Solution to Bottle Variation?

Can closures be further improved? Would heat sensors prevent the sale of cooked bottles?

Posted: November 20, 2014  By James Laube

One of my peeves, and it's more than a pet, is wine bottle variation. Most wine drinkers are familiar with this unfortunate reality. One time you drink a wine and it's exciting, the next time something is slightly off. You know the saying: There are no great wines, only great bottles.

Nov. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

The Quake of 2014

Posted: November 15, 2014  By James Laube

Nov. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Trying Times for Napa Cabernet

A cool, damp 2011 vintage yields few gems, with hillside sites performing best

Posted: November 15, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

How Does Winning Wine of the Year Affect Future Vintage Prices?

Paloma Merlot won the honor in 2003, and in the subsequent decade has kept prices fair

Posted: November 14, 2014  By James Laube

There are plenty of ways to capitalize on winning Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year. Perhaps the most obvious is the opportunity for the winery or, as is more often the case, those who sell the wine, to hike the price—and the profit—in light of heightened demand. That's usually what happens.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Oregon’s 2012s Are Just the Controversy the State Needs

A riper vintage challenges stylistic considerations

Posted: November 10, 2014  By James Laube

A controversy over the 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs is the best thing that could happen to this exciting region.

Oregon isn't my beat, and I don't get to try as many wines as my colleague Harvey Steiman. But I've tasted enough of the 2012 Pinot Noirs to believe this is a monumental, game-changing vintage, one that is likely to give many Pinot lovers pause to take a closer look at these exciting wines.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Key Time to Assess Quality

A wine’s character starts to reveal itself after fermentation and before going into barrel

Posted: November 6, 2014  By James Laube

At this time of year, winemakers in the Northern Hemisphere are getting what some consider the most important look at their infant red wines.

The period between harvest and fermentation and then when the young reds go into barrel are two of the best times to assess the quality captured at harvest.

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