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In the Nov. 15, 2013 Issue

2010 California Cabernet

The 2010 Cabernets from California are showy and attractive. They are charming to drink already, while their exquisite balance and finesse bodes well for aging. Their success makes a strong case for cooler years.

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Cover Story

Tom Seaver's Winning Ways - How one of baseball's greatest pitchers crafted a Cabernet gem from his vineyard on Napa's Diamond Mountain

Cool Victory - The top 2010s are a remarkable collection of dense, deftly balanced wines, both rich in flavor and firm in structure

New & Noteworthy - Six wineries that are enriching the ranks

Cabs From Cowboy Country - Paso Robles is starting to make a name for itself

California Cabernet Alphabetical Listing - Scores and prices for more than 800 recent releases Members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.


    Tasting Reports



    Robert Drouhin - Burgundy's quiet innovator is our 2013 Distinguished Service Award winner


    Wachau Pioneers - The leaders of an Austrian wine renaissance coax stunning whites from stony hillsides







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    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - The critical role of tannins 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 others.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 11, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2013, 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 YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 24 to 26, will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed.

NEW WEEKLY POLL What do you think about hot topics in the world of wine, from restaurant wine service to pricing to the latest popular trends in wine styles and grape varieties? Vote in our polls and see your fellow readers' opinions.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Cab Dawns Bright in Paso Robles: Although Paso is best-known for Rhône varietals, the region's Cabernets are attracting attention among serious wine lovers. Among those with great expectations are brothers Georges and Daniel Daou, who take us on a tour of their beautiful vineyard with its combination of high altitude, unique soils and low-yielding clones.
  • Tuscan Diversity: Tuscany is home to some of Italy's top wines, including Brunello di Montalcino and Bordeaux-style blends. Join vintner Leonardo Frescobaldi, whose company owns seven different estates, to learn about the differences in these wines, their grapes and soils.

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 membership, only $49.95 per year.


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