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Read the September 30 edition of Wine Spectator Insider (PDF)
This report leads off with a Washington red at 96 points and just $45, and a California Chardonnay at 95 points and $48, setting the tone for plenty of hot values. In the New World, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Syrah and more from Rudius, Shafer, Seghesio, K and Charles Smith impress, while France brings exuberant grand cru Burgundies and exotic Champagnes.

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September 23, 2015 (PDF)
Cabernet wins the day here at up to 96 points, but there's plenty of star power from all over the world. California and Washington offer all kinds of reds and whites from the likes of Carlisle, Ram's Gate, Turley, Beringer, Quilceda Creek, Columbia Crest and more. Glimmering vintage Champagnes, rock-solid Rhônes and stately Barolos carry the torch for France and Italy.
September 16, 2015 (PDF)
California, France and Australia all bring wines at 95-plus points to this report, with reds up to 97 points. Chardonnays from Mount Eden, Ferren and Ram's Gate sing, while iconic Champagnes like the Krug Clos d'Ambonnay and Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill shine as well. The Rhône offers powerful Châteauneufs, and the latest Torbreck Shirazes round this out.
September 9, 2015 (PDF)
Favorites from California, France and Italy, up to 98 points, pop off the page here, with an impressive mix of hot new favorites and longtime achievers. In California, the Cabernet parade continues with Matriarch, Bond, Kapcsándy and the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Fay. Champagnes from Piper-Heidsick, Krug and Roederer (Cristal) sparkle, and benchmarks in the Rhône, Burgundy and Piedmont fill this out.
September 2, 2015 (PDF)
From Cabernet and Syrah to Champagne and Port, there's plenty here to delight wine lovers of all stripes. California Cabernets this week include cuvées by Bond, Dominus, Futo, Hall and Harlan. For value reds, look to Washington. In France, ethereal Champagnes from Piper-Heidsieck and Billecart-Salmon are matched by intense Côte-Rôties. Finally, find ample surprises among Ports and Madeiras.


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