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In the Nov. 15, 2009 Issue

California Cabernet

California is in the midst of a strong run of Cabernet vintages, with a variety of styles on offer, from sleek and elegant to bold and extravagant.

FREE Wine Charts:

California Cabernet wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Cabernet wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Alsace wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Alsace wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

2006 Cabernet - The varietal is on a roll, with the 2006 wines marking the third excellent harvest in a row and the 2007 vintage showing even greater potential Almost 600 wines were reviewed for this report. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

    Cabernet Q&A - Napa Valley winemaker Andy Erickson talks about what the grape means to him Do you know your California Cabernets? Learn the key regions and how to identify the taste differences with our course. Plus, take 20 percent off if you enroll yourself or a friend by Jan 1, 2010, with this promo code: CACAB9


    Tasting Reports

    Star Power From Alsace - A near-perfect harvest in 2007 produces a bounty of first-class bottlings More than 250 wines were reviewed for this report. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.


    High Steaks Eating - An exercise in matching wine and beef at Del Frisco’s steak house serves as a helpful guide for home cooks


    End of an Era - The sale of historic family winery Sebastiani reflects broader trends in the California wine industry

    Expanding Empire - William Foley, Sebastiani’s new owner, combines a knack for acquisitions with an interest in wine

    Persistence Pays - Winemaker Nicolas Potel is determined to produce great Burgundies


    "Murder by Malbec" - Winery owner Stanley Sour lies dead, clocked over the head with a bottle of Malbec—whodunit? Play detective in our series of wine puzzles

    Distinguished Service Award 2009 - For his tireless work to connect family wineries with consumers and for his philanthropic efforts, Wine Spectator honors William Deutsch



    Business - The changing face of France’s vineyards Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking.



    Savvy Shopper

    Savvy Shopper - Southern Rhône, Sauvignon Blanc and Argentine Malbec



    Things We Like


    1999 California Cabernet A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 1999 California Cabernet wines reviewed for this retrospective tasting. Members: View full tasting notes for all the wines and save your favorites to your Personal Wine List.

    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Couldn't join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars? Our full event coverage brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Recent additions include:

  • Carneros Pinot Noir We talk with Saintsbury's Dick Ward to learn why this cool-climate California appellation is such a great place to grow the finicky Pinot grape.

  • Burgundy's White Value Region Senior editor Bruce Sanderson introduces you to Mâconnais' style of Chardonnay.

HALLOWEEN FUN Treat yourself this holiday with sweet wines and indulgent desserts.

FOOD AND WINE MATCHING TOOL We've added new wine and food categories to help you make even more great pairings.

MEMBER COMMENTS Share your views on current news and feature stories with fellow wine lovers and our editors (only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them on free articles).

CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in Mondays to get scores and notes for hot new Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.

2009 HARVEST BLOGS Winemakers from key regions in the Northern Hemisphere are sharing their thoughts and experiences during crush.

NEW PERSONAL WINE LIST A streamlined version with integrated cellar data and print-friendly options makes it easier to manage your wine collection and track your total holdings, value, and gain and loss.


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