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News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Classic 1974 Napa Valley Cabernet

Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1974

Posted: July 17, 2009  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

An Old Friend from Bordeaux

Château Tour Haut-Caussan Médoc 1988

Posted: July 8, 2009  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Graceful Napa Cabernet with Bordeaux Flair

Forman Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1992

Posted: July 5, 2009  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Two 1998s for Our Wedding Anniversary

A white Burgundy from Comtes Lafon and a Châteauneuf from Bois de Boursan

Posted: June 16, 2009  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Checkered Cabernet That Made a Brilliant Comeback

David Arthur Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147 1997

Posted: June 12, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Surprise Cabernet, Mystery Pinot

Posted: June 5, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

There were dozens of memorable wines among the magnums I sampled at Wine Spectator’s Napa Valley Bring Your Own Magnum party Wednesday night at Tra Vigne in St. Helena. Two stood out for me. I don’t know which was the bigger surprise: the new (to me) Napa Valley Cabernet with lightness, delicacy and grace, or the dusty old Carneros Pinot Noir.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

What It Takes for a Wine to Age 35 Years

Posted: June 3, 2009  By James Laube

Scores of drained magnums were left standing on bars and tables, looking like empty magnums do. Lonely and deserted. The food stations at Charlie Palmer ’s Dry Creek Kitchen , at the Healdsburg Hotel, had been cleared save for a few dessert plates.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Great Red for Mother's Day

Château Cordeillan-Bages Pauillac 1989

Posted: May 15, 2009  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Fully Mature French Red

Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 1990

Posted: May 7, 2009  By Thomas Matthews

April 30, 2009 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Few '98 California Cabs Still Shine

Posted: April 30, 2009  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Two Châteauneuf Reds from Contrasting Vintages

Vieux Télégraphe La Crau 1998 and Beaurenard Boisrenard 2001

Posted: April 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Hearty Spanish Red

Casa de la Ermita Jumilla Crianza 2001

Posted: April 28, 2009  By Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Rising Tide of the 2007 Vintage Lifts Quality in California

Posted: April 23, 2009  By James Laube

I expected 2007 to be a great year for California wine, and indeed it's shaping up that way across the board for all varietals. Tim Fish has tasted some amazing 2007 Zinfandels. MaryAnn Worobiec has been seeing wonderful Sauvignons.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A California Merlot That Surpassed Expectations

Beringer Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch 1987

Posted: April 22, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Food Matches for Mature Chardonnay, Cabernet

Posted: April 8, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Those of us who cellar wine for future drinking do so in part because the extra years mellow the wines, and theoretically make them friendlier for food. That plan cuts both ways, however. As wines age they become less overt in their characteristics.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Two Vintages of an Iconic California Cabernet

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1995 and 2005

Posted: April 1, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Magnificent 1974 Napa Petite Sirah

Posted: March 31, 2009  By James Laube

Carl Doumani sounded excited. He'd found a few bottles of one of his long lost favorite Petite Sirahs, the 1974 vintage from his Stag's Leap Winery days, and wanted to share it. Contrarian Carl has always marched to his own beat.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up From the Cellar: Giaconda Chardonnay 2000

Posted: March 24, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Note: Back when I reviewed them, I set aside a few wines to taste when they are more mature. In this occasional series I report on what they’re like now. I could hear my friend Mike salivating over the telephone.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Well-Aged Austrian White

Prager Riesling Smaragd Trocken Wachau Hollerin 2001

Posted: March 12, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Burgundy, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Wines

Posted: March 10, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

An endless barrage of bottles buoyed the mood this past Saturday at La Paulée de New York , a loosely biannual Burgundy tasting organized by sommelier Daniel Johnnes. It's modeled after the annual harvest party in Meursault, recreated in New York in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 and this year.

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