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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Two Napa Cabernet Verticals with Fred Schrader

The California Cabernet icon pulled out two verticals of his Beckstoffer To Kalon and T-6 Cabernets when I interviewed him last year

Posted: May 19, 2011  By James Laube

m as curious as everyone else about how well certain wines age, and one of the stress tests, if you will, is to taste older vintages.

When interviewing Fred Schrader last year, he poured two verticals to show how the wines were aging. Both flights were extraordinary and very revealing; all of the wines were outstanding (or better), youthful, vibrant and concentrated. Moreover, they all showed great potential for years ahead. The first flight came from the wine he's made the longest, the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, followed by the T-6 bottling, which takes its name from the clone of the same name.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Suite of Mature Pomerols

Three vintages of Château La Fleur de Gay

Posted: May 16, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

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Two Insignias From the 1970s

Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley 1978 and 1979

Posted: May 6, 2011  By Nathan Wesley

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Italy’s Other Montepulciano

Il Feuduccio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Ursonia 1999

Posted: April 25, 2011  By Nathan Wesley

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2000 California Cabernet Retrospective: A Garagiste Scores a Victory

4 wines stand out a decade on; slim pickings among 25 bottlings reflect the vintage’s challenges

Posted: April 22, 2011  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Revisiting the 2001 Côte-Rôtie Reds

Sunday in the Rhône—what to do? A horizontal tasting of dozens of older wines passes the time

Posted: April 21, 2011  By James Molesworth

On my fifth day in the Rhône Valley I settled into my hotel room for a retrospective tasting of 30 Côte-Rôties from 2001. Here are my notes.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Trio of Tignanellos

Antinori Toscana Tignanello 2005, 2004 and 2001

Posted: April 6, 2011  By Dana Nigro

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A Rhône Red for When You're Wishing Winter Would End

Delas Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 1994

Posted: March 7, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

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A Classic Bordeaux for a Charity Dinner

Château Montrose St.-Estèphe 2000

Posted: February 28, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

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A Hearty French Red for a Cold Winter’s Night

Château Lagrézette Cahors 2000

Posted: January 31, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

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A Veteran Cabernet Takes the Field

Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 1993

Posted: January 20, 2011  By James Laube

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Sunday Lunch in Bordeaux

Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1990

Posted: December 27, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

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A Wine That's Two Decades Young

R. Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Rioja White Reserva 1990

Posted: December 22, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

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A Mature Red to Show Off American Wine’s Strengths

Archery Summit Pinot Noir Oregon Archery Summit Estate 1998

Posted: November 29, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

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A Napa Cabernet from the Cellar

Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Beckstoffer Vineyards Clone Six 2001

Posted: November 15, 2010  By James Laube

Nov. 15, 2010 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Harlan Estate Cabernet at Its Finest

A vertical from 1990 to 2006 reveals the vineyard’s greatness

Posted: November 15, 2010  By James Laube

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A Classic Italian Red That Impresses in One Sip

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Madonna del Piano Riserva 2001

Posted: October 19, 2010  By James Laube

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A White from the Cellar

Franz Künstler Riesling Spätlese Rheingau Hochheimer Kirchenstück 1996

Posted: October 11, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Thomas Matthews' Blog

Aging Oregon: Examining Pinot Noir

Tasting the state’s signature variety back to 1979

Posted: September 27, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

Earlier in September I had the opportunity to taste older wines from Oregon, presented by Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem and Rollin Soles of Argyle. I don't have the experience to put Oregon's wines in context with Burgundy's, or California's, especially not when it comes to older vintages. But like most wine lovers, I am fascinated by Pinot Noir, and I jumped at the chance to explore its history in Oregon.

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A Mature Red in a Young Neighborhood

Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Montelena Estate 1999

Posted: August 19, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

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