There's a lot going on in this week's report: California heritage blends with rare grapes, white Pinot Noir, a new release from the 2000 vintage and more, up to 96 points. Chardonnays and Rhône-style reds from Lewis, Keplinger, Saxon Brown and Torrin represent the U.S., along with Oregon Pinots. Italy's got everything from Trentino down to Sicily, and the precise whites of France's Alsace bring this home.
November 18, 2015 (PDF)
The 2013 California Cabernets are rolling out, and so far, they look enticing. This week's report has a mix of new releases from Lewis, Shafer (the Hillside Select), Ovid, Turnbull and Rudd. In Oregon, Antica Terra leads the Pinot pack, with Ken Wright and Chehalem chiming in. Italy offers two classic styles: bold Barolo and lush Amarone from the likes of Bartolo Mascarello, Luigi Baudana, Zenato and more.
November 11, 2015 (PDF)
Gorgeous California Cabernet and Syrah, muscular Barolo, and lithe Oregon Pinot and Chardonnay join forces in this report. California Cabernet leads off with a seductive 97-pointer, and picks from the state include all-stars like Lewis, Ridge, Sherwin Family, Saxum and Bedrock. Schiavenza, Ceretto and Fontanafredda shine in Italy, while Evening Land and Bergström entice in Oregon. Plus, a bevy of values.
November 4, 2015 (PDF)
Washington, Oregon, Italy and Spain each bring something to the table in this report, which spans Cabernet, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot and more. Look for cuvées from Evening Land, Ayoub, Soter, Charles Smith's Sixto, áMaurice and Dunham, plus aristocratic reds of Piedmont and elegant Riojas. A full 13 wines here come in at 90-plus points and $40 or less.
October 28, 2015 (PDF)
California, Oregon, Argentina and Italy deliver a great range of styles here, up to 96 points, including Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Syrah—even Viognier. In the New World, look for names like Ernest & Julio Gallo, Colgin, Keplinger, Lewis, Tor, Beaux Frères, Domaine Serene and top single-vineyard reds from Cheval des Andes, Achával-Ferrer and Catena Zapata. Piedmont's mighty reds complete this set.
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