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Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up from the Cellar: A 1990 Merlot

Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval turns classic with 20 years of age

Posted: August 13, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman opens a 20-year-old Merlot from Washington, finding it to stand the test of time.

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An Outstanding Barolo Reaching Its Prime

Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2001

Posted: August 10, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

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A Happy Reunion With a Wine of the Year

Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages 1996

Posted: August 2, 2010  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Not Just Pinot Noir?

Oregon tries to prove ageability for other varieties

Posted: June 22, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Oregon Pinot Noirs age well, but how well do Rieslings, Chardonnays and warm-climate varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah do? My tasting of 30 Oregon wines dating from 1979 to 2005 explores the possibilities.

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An Australian Cabernet for the Cellar

Petaluma Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Coonawarra 1999

Posted: June 16, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

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A Memorable Merlot Worth Cellaring

Duckhorn Howell Mountain Merlot 1999

Posted: June 8, 2010  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Cellar Treasures Under $40: Kanonkop Pinotage

Winemaker Abrie Beeslaar tames South Africa's problem grape

Posted: May 25, 2010  By James Molesworth

Since I began covering South Africa in 2000, I haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of Pinotage, the country’s former signature grape. There are, however, exceptions. And though the grape has receded from the top lineup of varieties now pacing the South African category here in the U.S. market, there are still a few wineries that manage to make very good to outstanding versions, and Kanonkop's is a cellar-worthy treasure for its price. Here are my notes on a nine-vintage vertical tasting.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Oregon Verticals: Penner-Ash

Remarkable consistency despite changing sources

Posted: May 18, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Over the years the vineyards going into Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley have evolved from the three original sites to a dozen currently, but the wines retain their fundamental character and age elegantly. Here are my notes on Lynn Penner-Ash's Pinots of the 2000s (as well as a few others).

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Memorable Evening at Marea

Great wines and delicious food sparked some good conversation and more than a few laughs

Posted: May 17, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

Two days before Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour in New York, I had dinner with Michael Twelftree of Australia’s Two Hands Winery and Seattle distributor Matt Mabus of Cordon Selections, at Marea. We drank a lineup of Burgundies, along with a Barolo and a J.J. Prüm Riesling at its peak. Here are my tasting notes.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Many Faces of Pinot Noir

White wines, even Port? Sure!

Posted: May 10, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Every year Archie McLaren, chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic and a longtime wine collector, and I donate a dinner to a charity wine auction. We pick a San Francisco restaurant, raid our cellars for some interesting wines and ask the chef to make a menu for them. It pleasantly surprises us how generous folks can be to support the arts and enjoy food and wine in a city known for it.

This year, we focused on Pinot Noir.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Catching a Monte Bello Cabernet at Its Peak

Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains 1997

Posted: April 29, 2010  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Fifty Years On: A Historic Tasting of Trockenbeerenauslesen, Part 2

A once-in-a-lifetime tasting event featuring extremely rare aged German Rieslings

Posted: April 28, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

On a beautiful sunny weekend in mid-April, I attended a historic tasting of German trockenbeerenauslesen in Southern California.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Fifty Years On: A Historic Tasting of Trockenbeerenauslesen, Part 1

A once-in-a-lifetime tasting event featuring extremely rare aged German Rieslings

Posted: April 26, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

On a beautiful sunny weekend in mid-April, I attended a historic tasting of German trockenbeerenauslesen in Southern California. With 39 white wines ranging in vintage from 1959 back to 1921, it was perhaps the most comprehensive tasting ever of rare, old TBAs on either side of the Atlantic. Here are my tasting notes from the first day of the event.

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A Nicely Mature Barolo

Ceretto Barolo Prapò 1993

Posted: April 5, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

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Pot Roast and Old Claret?

Château Léoville Poyferré St.-Julien 2001

Posted: March 29, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

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A Spanish Red for the Chinese New Year

Bodegas Muga Rioja Torre Muga 1998

Posted: March 23, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up from the Cellar: Old Sweeties

California late-harvest wines going on 30 years

Posted: March 17, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Editor at Large Harvey Steiman tastes four late-harvest wines, mostly Riesling. They were probably best in their first 10 years, but they can still can show outstanding character and give pleasure after three decades.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Napa Red That Crosses Boundaries

Lagier Meredith Syrah Mount Veeder 2001

Posted: March 16, 2010  By James Laube

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A 20-Year-Old Napa Cabernet Still Going Strong

Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lake 1990

Posted: March 3, 2010  By James Laube

Jan. 31, 2010 - Feb. 28, 2010 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

1999 Brunello Comes of Age

A recent tasting of this exceptional vintage reveals opulent, powerful reds

Posted: February 28, 2010  By James Suckling

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