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James Laube

September 2008

What Will the Economic Turmoil Do to Your Wine Buying Strategy
Posted: Sep 25, 2008 1:21pm ET

Napa's Cade Is as Green as It Gets
Posted: Sep 23, 2008 3:27pm ET
Cade is cutting edge green and beyond. The winery on Howell Mountain was built to reflect the rugged masculine feel of the terrain, resting on a steep rocky slope surrounding by towering trees. "Cade" is a Shakespearean reference to a cask or barrel.
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You Could Feel Dagueneau's Personality in his Wines
Posted: Sep 19, 2008 12:52pm ET
Some winemakers’ personalities are so much like their wines, and their wines’ character like themselves, that when you meet them, or taste their wines, you immediately make the connection. Robert Mondavi always exuded a sense of elegance that came through in his wines.
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What Lies Ahead for Chateau Montelena
Posted: Sep 18, 2008 3:32pm ET
If you looked at Jean-Guillaume Prats’ passport this week, it would have stamps showing he’d been in France, Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Thailand (Bangkok), Indonesia (Jakarta), the United States and back to France.
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New Montelena Owners Look to the Future
Posted: Sep 17, 2008 4:16pm ET
Never mind troubled wines, a flawed cellar or even the need to replant vineyards. The Chateau Montelena deal is all about potential and what lies ahead, Jean-Guillaume Prats said Tuesday in an interview in Napa.
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Amazon's Wine Play: What Does It Mean?
Posted: Sep 12, 2008 12:43pm ET
Since most of us don’t reside anywhere near the top of wine food chain, at some point we intersect with the distribution system. Depending on where you live, of course, it can be anything from a piddling annoyance to a grander, weightier matter that transcends irritation.
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Second Chance Not Always For The Better
Posted: Sep 10, 2008 5:17pm ET
As the tastings wind down for any given varietal, and the wines that need a second, or third, or even fourth review pass through the tasting room, sometimes things get ugly. We re-taste wines for a variety of reasons.
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Patience Rewarded as Pace Slows for 2008
Posted: Sep 9, 2008 1:57pm ET
Last week’s heat wave-induced grape picking frenzy seems like a distant memory now that temperatures in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino dipped back into the tolerable range over the weekend. This morning it was downright chilly, and the trees and their yellowing leaves are signaling the onset of fall.
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Chime In On What's Overripe
Posted: Sep 5, 2008 5:22pm ET
Here’s a topic for everyone: “I'm new to wine collecting,” writes Jeffrey, “and still trying to get my arms around some of these issues. What are examples of big, overripe, fruit forward, etc. ‘faddish’ wines? Is Joseph Phelps Insignia in this category? The Martinelli/Turley (Marcassin) Pinot Noirs?” Welcome to wine’s hottest button.
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Heat Is On For Harvest 2008
Posted: Sep 4, 2008 4:48pm ET
The wait card for harvest 2008 has been pulled out of the deck for many winemakers. Hot weather the past few days in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, with forecasts yet of more to come, has taken away winemakers’ option of waiting to see which way the weather will break and whether to let the grapes hang, in hopes of milder weather, or pick.
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The Market Dictates What Wine Styles Are Popular
Posted: Sep 3, 2008 2:02pm ET
Sure, the popularity of the modern style of riper wines is controversial. Yet winemakers I’ve talked with in recent weeks have no intent on changing styles. Why should they? Their wines are selling out at their asking prices, whether it’s $50 or $150 a bottle, in some instances much higher prices for Napa Cabernet.
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