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In the Nov. 15, 2011 Issue

Tim Mondavi

With Continuum—the vineyard and the $150 wine—taking shape, Tim Mondavi has come full circle to the terroir-based winemaking he aspires to. "This is who we are," he says. "One wine, a single purpose and a clarity of focus."

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

Cover Story

The Mondavi Continuum - Tim Mondavi charts a new course, with one wine and one purpose. An inside look at what makes the youngest son of Robert Mondavi tick, his big bet on Cabernet Franc, and what the future holds
The Francophile in Continuum

Features

Tasting Reports

California Cabernet Sauvignon - The 2008 vintage provides plenty of drinking pleasure, with quality just a step behind the stellar 2007

WineSpectator.com: BONUS: Dozens of videos on California featuring top producers of Cabernet and other key wines.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS: Learn more about your favorite wines with Wine Spectator School's online California Cabernet course, free with a WineSpectator.com membership.

Alphabetical Guide to California Cabernet - Scores and prices for the more than 525 wines tasted for this report
Alsace's Organic Edge - Sustainable grapegrowing and a standout 2009 vintage yield delicious wines from Alsace
FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 350 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Travel

Apres-Ski Park City - High in the Wasatch Range, Utah's glitzy resort town builds on success with top wining and dining destinations

People

The Moueix Method - Christian Moueix, the quiet champion of quality on Bordeaux's Right Bank, earns Wine Spectator's 2011 Distinguished Service Award

Wine

Zinfandel for the Ages - Old-vine vineyards are one of California's most cherished legacies, with some plots dating to the Gold Rush era. A guide to the best
Andalusian Revival - How one vintner is working to restore an ancient wine style in southern Spain

Grapevine

World

Montalcino to Remain 100 Percent Sangiovese
World of Wine - Changes in Burgundy; Sonoma’s leading hunk; Finger Lakes deal

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

People

Emilio Estevez - Emilio Estevez swapped a showpiece cellar to become a vintner

Science

CDC See Wines as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

Spirits

Cognac

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns, and other articles on spirits.

Retrospective

2001 California Cabernet

Cellars / Collections

Glenn and Susan Rothman - Susan and Glenn Rothman’s cellar recalls their Italian travels

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Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Savvy Shopper

Rhône Reds, Racy Whites and Bargain Barolo

Columns

James Laube - The power of blends

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube shares updates from his most recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and he discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. WineSpectator.com members can join the conversation.

Matt Kramer - Why appellations matter

WineSpectator.com: Don't miss Matt Kramer's web-exclusive essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

Kim Marcus - Riesling's challenge

A Perfect Match

George Bumbaris and Sarah Stegner's Roast Duck With Vosne-Romanèe - Chefs George Bumbaris and Sarah Stegner, Prairie Grass Café, Northbrook, Ill.

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

CALIFORNIA CABERNET COURSE Learn from top winemakers and explore the state's important Cabernet appellations with Wine Spectator School's online seminar. Discover the differences made by price levels and growing regions. This and nine other courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49.95 per year.

CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in on Mondays to get the latest reviews on hot new-release Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.


NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Can't join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars? Our full coverage of the event will bring 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. Donít miss these recent additions:

  • Rocker-Turned-Winemaker: What does singer Maynard James Keenan do when he isn't touring with one of his bands, writing songs or producing records? He heads to Arizona to make wine, and he takes on the hard work himself.

  • White Burgundy: Chardonnay rules in this French region, but how do the wines differ across the many appellations? Join Bruce Sanderson as he compares a regional blend with a single-vineyard wine.

GLOSSARY OF WINE TERMS Unfamiliar with a word on a label or in a tasting note? Check our expanded glossary—with audio pronunciations!

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