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A 1997 Tuscan Red at Its Peak

Isole e Olena Toscana Cepparello 1997

Posted: February 22, 2010  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A 10-Year-Old Syrah Just Reaching Its Peak

R. Rostaing Côte-Rôtie 1999

Posted: February 19, 2010  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Another Tale of Aging Wine

Breed of appellation help to define wines that evolve versus those that simply endure

Posted: February 12, 2010  By James Molesworth

At last night’s dinner I had two wines that provided a great contrast in the ability of wines to age versus those that simply endure, a topic that we often discuss here. It provided a lesson for those who think that great vintages automatically make lesser wines more ageworthy.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up From the Cellar: A 1975 Cabernet

Thirty-five years on, Sonoma Vineyards Alexander’s Crown is a winner

Posted: February 10, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

After about 15 minutes, the Sonoma Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander’s Crown 1975 came into its own. This was old-fashioned California Cabernet, and it came from a vintage that was controversial in its day.

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At Age 10, a California Cabernet Still In Great Shape

Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 1999

Posted: February 9, 2010  By James Laube

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A Textbook Claret for a Holiday Feast

Château Langoa Barton St.-Julien 2001

Posted: February 3, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson

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A Napa Merlot That’s Still a Delicious Star

Paloma Merlot Spring Mountain District 2001

Posted: January 14, 2010  By James Laube

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An Elegant First-Growth Bordeaux

Château Mouton-Rothschild Pauillac 1997

Posted: January 12, 2010  By Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Adventures in Older Wines

Place your bets: 1978 Lynch-Bages, 1981 Ridge or 2002 Bonneville?

Posted: January 4, 2010  By Harvey Steiman

Harvey Steiman finds that dinner with older wines offers some lessons in what happens with aged bottles, some good and some not.

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Crumbling Cork, Soaring Red

M. Chapoutier Hermitage La Sizeranne 1990

Posted: December 30, 2009  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Sentimental Red Burgundy

Denis Mortet Gervrey-Chambertin Au Vellé 1995

Posted: December 22, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Dec. 15, 2009 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

1999 Piedmont Reds Ready to Drink

Posted: December 15, 2009  By James Suckling

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Great Bottle to Celebrate, and a Dud

1990 Gaja Barbaresco goes one-for-two, but triumphs in a comeback

Posted: December 8, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman wonders if he won or lost when only one out of two old, treasured bottles of Gaja Barbaresco 1990 from his cellar came through for a special occasion.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Cellar Treasures Under $40: Coudoulet de Beaucastel

Spotlighting Château de Beaucastel's Côtes du Rhône bottling

Posted: December 7, 2009  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth focuses on Cellar Treasures Under $40 in this blog. He tastes a vertical of a Rhône Valley red wine, Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel. See his tasting notes and scores on six vintages of this wine dating back to 1985 below.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Vertical of Santenay Gravières

Brothers Marc and Pascal Jessiaume of Domaine Jessiaume host a tasting of their flagship red Burgundy back to 1929

Posted: December 7, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson tastes eight vintages of red Burgundy from "the nines" at Domaine Jessiaume in Santenay, with tasting notes on Pinot Noirs from 2009 back to 1929.

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A 10-Year-Old Chablis

François Raveneau Chablis Chapelot 1999

Posted: December 3, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 15, 2009 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

1999 California Cabernet Has Aged Well in Its First Decade

Posted: November 15, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Time Traveling

Burgundy's Maison Louis Jadot presents historical tasting to celebrate 150th anniversary

Posted: November 13, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson celebrates the 150th anniversary of Louis Jadot with a tasting of 22 Burgundy reds and whites, one each from every decade dating back to the label's founding in 1859.

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A Riesling Between Youth and Maturity

Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Auslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Sonnenuhr 1998

Posted: November 13, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

On My Way to Burgundy’s Trois Glorieuses

Before heading to France for the Hospices de Beaune auction and dinners, I had dinner with Australia's Michael Twelftree

Posted: November 10, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson had dinner with senior editor Kim Marcus and Australia's Michael Twelftree of Two Hands winery before heading to France for the Hospices de Beaune auction and dinners.

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