In the June 15, 2013 Issue
California’s Pinot Noir Frontier
Things happen slowly in California's wine country, and even more slowly in Mendocino. But thanks to its rising star, Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley’s most exciting era is about to unfold.
FREE Wine Charts:
Red Burgundy: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all red Burgundy wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
Loire: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Loire wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
New Zealand: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all New Zealand wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
California’s Pinot Noir Frontier - Anderson Valley, in remote and beautiful Mendocino County, is a hidden gem. Local vintners are leading the way in redefining Mendocino wine and what the future may hold. A behind-the-scenes look at an emerging region
Mendocino's Best New Releases - A complete listing of the region’s top Pinot Noirs, sparkling wines and more
Touring Mendocino County - A bit of old California offers a tranquil setting for wine enjoyment. The best restaurants, hotels and wineries to visit, from the fertile valleys to the magnificent coast
Red Burgundy - The 2010 vintage offers wines of surprising elegance and restraint, reminiscent of an earlier era
FREE: Red Burgundy Alphabetical Listing - More than 500 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.
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Discover some of Burgundy's top producers with this pair of videos:
- Decoding Burgundy: This region is so complex that wines from adjoining vineyards within a single appellation can display distinctive terroir. Christophe Roumier and Bruce Sanderson discuss a pair of Georges Roumier 2010 Pinot Noirs from vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny that are only 600 feet apart, Les Combottes and Les Cras.
- Wine Star: Jadot: Maison Louis Jadot produces an amazing number of Burgundies, from grand crus to regional wines, each transmitting its unique terroir. Pierre-Henry Gagey shared the Corton Pougets 1990 during the Wine Star series at Wine Spectator's Wine Experience. (Register for the upcoming Wine Experience.)
Loire Valley’s Step Back - The newly released 2011 vintage falls short of 2010 and 2009, making late-releases the best option for fans of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc
FREE: Loire Valley Alphabetical Listing - More than 400 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.
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Learn more about one of the world's great
but overlooked regions with this pair of videos about the Loire Valley:
- Savennières vs. Quarts de Chaume: What distinctive characteristics can you expect from luscious Chenin Blanc, which can be made in dry or sweet styles? Learn from Domaine des Baumard winemaker Florent Baumard as he compares these two appellations.
- Domaine Huët Vouvray: Chenin Blanc is the star at this biodynamic estate that makes a range of highly rated wines, one of which earned a spot on Wine Spectator's Top 10 of 2011. Winemaker Jean-Bernard Berthomé describes why Clos du Bourg is an exceptional vineyard.
New Zealand - Led by Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, exports to the U.S. show double-digit growth for the fourth straight year
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing - More than 325 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.
Domaine de Montille - Despite philosophical differences, the older and younger generations at this historic estate share the common goal of restoring its former glory
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Sommelier Emily Wines - California-based beverage director Emily Wines got her start in an award-winning cellar
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan's columns and other articles on chocolate.
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast's columns and other articles on coffee.
Cellars / Collections
Jeff and Patricia Henderson - A public-health luminary brings his passion for fine wine to Rapid City, S.D.
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This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken
James Laube - Blind tasting and score inflation
WineSpectator.com: In one of his latest blogs, James Laube discusses California's struggles in the 2011 vintage, as evidenced in his tastings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Join the conversation with other members.
Matt Kramer - What’s right and what’s wrong
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.)
A Perfect Match
The Buying Guide
The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.
SUMMER ENTERTAINING Time to fire up the grill and pull out the picnic blanket. Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season for outdoor parties. Find new recipes and recently rated affordable wines for your warm-weather fun.
MIXED CASE Follow our team of Wine Spectator news and features writers in their opinion and advice blog. Why are trendy menus getting fattier while wine lists are edgier? Does the billionaire who is crusading against counterfeit wine deserve our thanks? Is Roussillon the next hot region for big reds? Join the discussions.
NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions on New Zealand wine:
- Marlborough Comes of Age: It's exciting to see a region come into its own with increasingly layered wines. Discover the nuances of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Marlborough as Astrolabe winemaker Simon Waghorn joins Wine Spectator's Gloria Maroti Frazee.
- Discover Waipara: On New Zealand's South Island, the Waipara region is known for aromatic and structured wines. Mountford Estate winemaker C.P. Lin pours two examples, his Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and discusses the impact of limestone and the winemaker's influence. A companion video explains why Lin—and many other winemakers—prefer to taste red before white.
2012 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS What should you buy as futures? Merlot fared better than late-ripening Cabernet in Bordeaux's second difficult year in a row, while the dry whites and Barsacs are worth seeking out. Senior editor James Molesworth spent two weeks in Bordeaux tasting barrel samples of the young wines to find out which estates excelled and which struggled. His full report will appear in our June 30 issue. In the meantime, members can read his on-the-scene blogs for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.
LEARN ABOUT NEW ZEALAND Wines from Down Under offer diversity and value. Get to know the key growing regions and taste the distinct wine styles with Wine Spectator School's online course on Australia and New Zealand. This and nine other courses are included with your WineSpectator.com membership.