Spoiled by the outstanding vintages of 2009 and 2010, fans of Loire Valley wines may be slightly disappointed to come back to earth with the good, but irregular, versions from 2011. With producers hampered by difficult weather, and with strict sorting critical to achieving quality, yields are also down from previous vintages. And though less prominent than the whites, Loire reds fared better. Wine Spectator's James Molesworth explains.
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