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In the Oct. 15, 2013 Issue

Josh Jensen

Calera's wines are made to cellar, and in a world where wines are crafted for immediate gratification, they stand out for their austerity and minerality, reflecting the fulfillment of vintner Josh Jensen's vision of rooting Pinot Noir in limestone.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

Josh Jensen's Quest - For nearly four decades, Burgundy-style Pinot Noir has been the goal of this iconoclastic vintner. The inside story of Calera's single-vineyard Pinots, which are the product of a unique and rugged terroir in a remote slice of old California
Calera's Lineup - On the slopes of Mount Harlan, limestone is key to understanding the style of the wines

Features

Tasting Reports

California Pinot Noir - A wet and wild 2011 vintage gives the edge to wines from the Central Coast
FREE: California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing - More than 690 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: What defines California Pinot terroir? How do California Pinots mature and what factors allow them to age gracefully? Get the answers in this pair of videos as Pinot producer Dan Kosta shares a trio of 2010 wines from three different appellations ——Santa Lucia Highlands, Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley—— and pours three distinct vintages of Kosta Browne: 2006, '05 and '04.

Rising Stars - Six up-and-coming producers worth the search
World Values - 100 wines from around the globe that offer impressive quality for the price
Spanish Stalwarts - In a diverse country, consistent leaders stand out for quality and value
FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing - More than 1035 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 VIDEO: Spain's Quality and Diversity - —Meet Telmo Rodríguez, one of the country's best and most intriguing winemakers, as he shares his insights on Spanish regions and pours wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Vertical Exploration - A closer look at three big reds: L’Ermita, Dominio de Pingus and Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva
Friuli Frontier - Rich and robust white wines are the stars from northeast Italy
Friuli–Venezia-Giulia Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Friuli Alphabetical Listing - More than 290 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.

People

Tom Colicchio's Master Touch - A profile of the celebrity chef, with his thoughts on food, wine and his restaurant empire

Wine

Mountain Men - Spain's Bodegas Borsao makes a statement with Garnacha from Campo de Borja

Grapevine

Business

Napa Valley's Araujo Estate Purchased by Owner of Château Latour

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

World

Climate Change Could Redraw Vineyard Maps
Chuck Wagner Pays a Big Fine

People

Sommelier Dustin Wilson - From vineyard to table, Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson is on wine's cutting edge

Chocolate

The Legacy of Mott Green

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan's columns and other articles on chocolate.

Spirits

Vermouth Gains Respect

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

Wine Auctions

Second-Quarter Index Rises Slightly - Despite fewer consignments, percent-sold rate remains stable
Smaller Crowd, Bigger Bids for Sun Valley Wine Auction

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Tastes

The Best Farm-Raised Salmon

Savvy Shopper

Italian Red, Pacific Northwest Values, Old World Gems

Columns

James Laube - The numbers game

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.

Matt Kramer - Natural is unnatural

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.)

James Molesworth - Exploring Hirsch Vineyards

A Perfect Match

Michael Solomonov’s Grilled and Braised Lamb With Syrah - Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

VIDEO CONTEST FINALISTS Find out who made the cut in Wine Spectator's seventh annual wine video competition, and who won the viewers' top vote to earn the grand prize! On Sept. 9, the finalists will be posted and voting will be opened to the public; the winner will be revealed on Sept. 17.

NEW WEEKLY POLL We want to know what you think about hot topics in the world of wine, from restaurant wine service to pricing to the latest trends in wine styles and grape varieties. Vote in our polls and see your fellow readers' opinions.

KOSHER PICKS For the High Holidays, get our editors' recommendations of recently rated kosher wines, plus a new seasonal recipe your guests will be sure to enjoy.


VALUE WINES Looking for great deals on your favorite types of wines, or a wallet-friendly change of pace? Browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at low prices; Easy Finds, inexpensive, high quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers who have made the most values in their region.

ADVANCE RATINGS Wondering which wines might make it into Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2013? Make sure you get the early scoop on the best values and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings. In previous years, many wines that ended up in the Top 100 were first featured in these venues:

  • Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated, sought-after wines before they sell out.
  • Advance: Sneak peeks at top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
  • Tasting Highlights: Great wines from noteworthy regions and producers.


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