This week offers a rich array of reds, whites and Champagnes at up to 97 points, including yet more classic 2012 California Cabernets. Kongsgaard, Larkmead, Dana, Favia, Alpha Omega and Beringer all take a bow here, while stunning vintage Champagnes are led by Salon and Bollinger. Rare white Rhônes shine as well, and among the Spanish values is a 93-pointer at just $17.
August 19, 2015 (PDF)
There's plenty to catch the eye here, Old World and New. Another set of high-flying 2012 California Cabernets, up to 96 points, includes successes from Venge, Cade, Dana, Turnbull and Favia. Krug, Bollinger and Moët embody refinement in Champagne, with Rhône whites and Spanish reds filling this out.
August 12, 2015 (PDF)
This week brings another California Cabernet bonanza, at up to 96 points, with impressive 2012s from Frank Family, Altamura, Carter, Robert Mondavi, Ramey, Araujo, Bryant Family, Revana, Turnbull and more. Washington has a diverse mix of wines, while Oregon Pinots also excel. Francophiles can look to the Rhône. Check out the 16 wines here at 90-plus points and $40 or less, including a 95-pointer for $38.
August 5, 2015 (PDF)
The 2012 California Cabernets march on, with delicious and exceptional releases from Peter Michael, Scarecrow, B Cellars, Corra, Carter, Hall, Rudius and more. For those who go for Washington reds, we've got plenty here, and bubbly fans can find Champagnes to love, but perhaps most intriguing are the rare old Madeiras, dating back to the 1977 vintage.
July 29, 2015 (PDF)
The riveting 2012 California Cabernets continue to draw applause, at up to 96 points here. You know the names: Carter, Colgin, Hall, Hewitt, Keever, Joseph Phelps, Opus One and more. This report also features the highest score we've ever awarded a New Zealand white wine, plus big reds from Washington, Australia and France's Bandol.
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