Posted: September 3, 2014 By Aaron Romano
Posted: September 3, 2014 By James Laube
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says Napa is still picking up the pieces after last month's earthquake, but harvest is also in full swing.
Posted: September 3, 2014 By Tim Fish
Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish attends the Taste of Sonoma wine and food festival.
Posted: September 2, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 26, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 25, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
I'm from Cleveland, so when I moved to California in 1996, a lot of my friends warned me about "The Big One." I assured them that I'd rather go years of maybe having an earthquake to knowing that I'd have to endure year after year of dreadful winters.
On Sunday morning, The Pretty Big One hit. It woke us up at 3:20 a.m. I live about 15 miles from the epicenter. It's an uneasy feeling, the ground rumbling underneath you, hearing things fall and break in your house, long seconds of wondering when it will be over. Thankfully, I'm fine, along with everyone I know.
Posted: August 25, 2014 By Augustus Weed
Posted: August 24, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 23, 2014 By James Molesworth
Posted: August 22, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: August 20, 2014 By James Laube
In the past few weeks, much of my attention has been directed toward reviewing Napa Valley Cabernets from the 2011 vintage. 2011 was tough across the board in California. But interspersed with the Napa 2011s were a sprinkling of 2012s and the hint of better days ahead. Not only were many of the 2012s richer and riper, better made and better balanced, I came across some rather staggering figures, evidence of Cabernet's importance to Napa wineries' bottom lines and California's image as a whole.
Posted: August 20, 2014 By Tim Fish
Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish gets an update on California's 2014 harvest, now well under way.
Posted: August 18, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 15, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: August 13, 2014 By Tim Fish
The 2011 and 2010 California Merlots, for the most part, are hard and herbal, plus they lacked depth and Merlot's telltale appealing texture. Nature just didn't play fair those years.
However, I'm beginning to taste 2012s as I prepare the annual Merlot report, and there's good news. The 2012s are downright fun to drink, and what they lack in depth, they balance with luscious fruit and silky body. That makes it a great year for value hounds.
Posted: August 11, 2014 By Augustus Weed
Posted: August 7, 2014 By James Laube
There's a spirit of revival in California with older wines, with some vintners, many of them young, taking a keen interest in wines of yesteryear.
It's a healthy sign. "What's past is prologue" has merit in just about every aspect of life. Much of this new attention in California is directed toward Napa Valley Cabernets from the 1970s, and to a lesser extent the 1960s, because of the wines' reputations for longevity.
Posted: August 5, 2014 By James Laube
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube awoke to a 3.2-magnitude earthquake in Napa this morning.
Posted: August 5, 2014 By Ben O'Donnell
Last month, I tasted five 2010 Cabernets at Hall winery, each from a different Napa appellation: St. Helena (Bergfeld, single-vineyard), Stags Leap District (single-vineyard), Diamond Mountain (two growers), Howell Mountain (two growers) and the Exzellenz Sacrashe Vineyard Rutherford. Some of these cuvées are new, but Hall now counts Cabernets from six different subappellations of Napa (all 95 to 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon) and one from Sonoma. Together, they form a map of the valley as traced along the Cabernet in its veins.
Posted: August 4, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
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