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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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
Napa’s Pritchard Hill - On the east side of Napa Valley, a unique terroir produces profound reds
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Napa winemaker Helen Keplinger discusses Pritchard Hill's terroir which produces profound and distinctive reds, including elegant Bryant Family Cabernets.
California Cabernet Alphabetical Listing - Scores and prices for nearly 700 recent releases
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Alsace’s Pure Flavors - The challenging 2010 vintage provides wines of finesse and concentration
Destination Boston - A revitalized waterfront and a host of new restaurants with burgeoning wine lists help energize the city
Nicolás Catena - An icon of Argentine wine is our 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: The father and daughter team of Nicolás and Laura Catena have produced vintage after vintage of outstanding Malbecs. But how do these wines age? The two joined Wine Spectator's Nathan Wesley to taste examples from 2007, 2004 and 2000.
Jadot’s Ace - Jacques Lardière reflects on 42 years at the winemaking helm of Burgundy giant Maison Louis Jadot
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: After shepherding 42 vintages, the ineffable Jacques Lardière is retiring at the end of 2012. Jacques joined Bruce Sanderson and reflected on a lifetime of making wine from over 150 appellations at Maison Louis Jadot.
The House That Jess Jackson Built - This California wine empire faces the future without its founder and guiding force
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Business Watch: California Dealing - Two established North Coast players recently bought smaller wineries as they look to expand production
Sommelier June Rodil - Austin-based sommelier June Rodil seeks the unexpected while appreciating the classics
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Robin Knepper - Robin Knepper’s collection spotlights her favorite wine regions
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Matt Kramer - Why authenticity matters
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Brandon Carter’s Chicken Noodle Soup With Sonoma Chardonnay - Chef Brandon Carter, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, S.C.
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CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in on Mondays to get the latest reviews on hot new-release Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.
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