Old and new styles mingle in this week's report, with intense Washington reds leading the way up to 97 points. Look for Syrah and Cabernet from Reynvaan, Cayuse and Leonetti. For Australian expressions of these varieties, find Two Hands and Elderton. France brings Burgundy Pinot and Chablis, while a diverse array of Spanish and Italian picks impresses. Don't miss the 15 wines at 90-plus points and $40 or less.
April 20, 2016 (PDF)
Washington, Australia, Italy, and France's Rhône and Burgundy offer power and finesse in Pinot, Syrah, Chardonnay and a diverse array of other wines, up to 96 points. Notable picks include the latest Leeuwin Chardonnay Art Series, Two Hands Ares, Bouchard Montrachet and Château-Grillet monopole in the Northern Rhône. Don't miss the seven super values at 90-plus points under $40.
April 13, 2016 (PDF)
Longtime California favorites here include Cabernets from Caymus and Pott, while Chardonnays from Lewis, Peter Michael, Aubert and Ridge are sure to please. Old World drinkers can find elevated white Burgundy, including Chablis, while Brunello, Barbaresco, Sicily and more show off the bounty of Italy. Look for achievers like Moccagatta, Antinori, Castello Banfi and Foradori.
April 6, 2016 (PDF)
California, Washington, France and Italy offer a wealth of familiar favorites and innovative new styles here, with picks up to 96 points. Rhône lovers can find reds and whites from Chapoutier, Villard and Tardieu-Laurent—or New World contrasts in Washington Syrah. The 2014 vintage for California Chardonnay and Zinfandel looks highly promising, while the grand 2010 Brunello riservas bring depth and power.
March 30, 2016 (PDF)
California, Spain and Portugal have plenty on offer, but Italy's Brunello riservas from the fantastic 2010 vintage dominate here, with 12 reaching a classic 95 points or higher, up to 98 points. Uccelliera, Altesino, Camigliano, Renieri and other top names excel. California brings rich Chardonnays and sparklers, while Spain and Portugal post 8 wines here at under $30 and 90-plus points, as low as $10.
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