In the Nov. 15, 2012 Issue

Napa Cabernet

The beauty of Napa Cabernets is that they are made in a fashion that shows charm in their youth, with pure currant and dark berry flavors, fleshy textures and fine-grained tannins. But they are also engagingly complex, with room for development.

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Cover Story

2009 California Cabernet - The hot streak continues for California’s biggest red with the fourth classic-rated vintage in a row, as 2009 delivers rich and polished wines

    Dreaming Big - Profiles of five producers who have realized their vision of making top Cabernet

    California Cabernet Alphabetical Listing - Scores and prices for nearly 700 recent releases

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

Features

    Tasting Reports

    Travel

    Destination Boston - A revitalized waterfront and a host of new restaurants with burgeoning wine lists help energize the city

    People

    Jadot’s Ace - Jacques Lardière reflects on 42 years at the winemaking helm of Burgundy giant Maison Louis Jadot

    Wine

Grapevine

    Business

    People

    Sommelier June Rodil - Austin-based sommelier June Rodil seeks the unexpected while appreciating the classics

    Savvy Shopper

    Cheese

    Spirits

    Retrospective

    Cellars / Collections

    Robin Knepper - Robin Knepper’s collection spotlights her favorite wine regions

Departments

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

    Letters

    Columns

    James Laube - To Kalon evolution

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

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 12, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2012, followed by the complete Top 100 list. As a bonus, for two weeks we'll be offering all visitors free trial access to our website's members-only features. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

NEW OPINION AND ADVICE BLOG Follow our team of Wine Spectator news and features writers via the Mixed Case blog, where they share thoughts on current events and wine culture, tips on learning about wine, and more.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions featuring New and Old World vintners:

  • Sports Legend and Wine Lover Drew Bledsoe: What does a winning NFL quarterback do after retirement? The Patriots' Drew Bledsoe returned to his home state of Washington to make wine in Walla Walla. Bledsoe shared his story and his aptly named Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon at the Wine Experience.
  • Biodynamic Burgundy: Anne-Claude Leflaive manages what may be Burgundy's greatest estate for white wines. Also an ardent proponent of the biodynamic method of grapegrowing, the highly respected vigneron shares her experiences at Domaine Leflaive with Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson.

NEW WORLD WINE EXPERIENCE : Coming soon: This year, Wine Spectator's fun and informative lineup of fine wine tastings and seminars comes to Los Angeles. Our online coverage of the event, taking place Oct. 18 to 20, brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.


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

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

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