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Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Vintage Report 2013: Southern Hemisphere

Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While grapes are growing plump in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year’s crop. Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming vintage.

Posted: August 31, 2013  By Nathan Wesley, Augustus Weed, MaryAnn Worobiec, James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Outstanding Rutherford Cabernets

New reviews of top 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons from the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley

Posted: August 26, 2013  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Exciting Napa Cabernets Under $70

New reviews of outstanding 2010s at prices that won’t break the bank

Posted: August 19, 2013  By James Laube

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What's a Napa vineyard really worth?

Posted: August 14, 2013  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why would rain be bad for grapes?

Posted: July 22, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Noteworthy Napa Cabernets

New reviews of 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, several under $100

Posted: July 8, 2013  By James Laube

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What is the most widely planted grape in the United States?

Posted: June 26, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Winning California Merlots

New reviews of Golden State reds that raise the bar on quality

Posted: June 17, 2013  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: South Africa

A first look at vintage quality, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 7, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Argentina and Chile

A first look at vintage quality in South America, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 6, 2013  By Nathan Wesley

News & Features  :  News

2013 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report: Australia and New Zealand

A first look at vintage quality down under, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers

Posted: June 5, 2013  By Augustus Weed, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

14 Elegant California Chardonnays

New reviews of 2010 bottlings worth stocking up on

Posted: March 25, 2013  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

DRC 2010s Lead an Outstanding Vintage

Scores are in for the 2010s from Burgundy's legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which pushes the vintage to new heights

Posted: March 13, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson gives his notes on the 2010 releases from Burgundy's Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The Richebourg, La Tâche, Romanée-St.-Vivant, Romanée-Conti and more show just what could be achieved in this excellent vintage.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can you really buy wine more cheaply around harvest time?

Posted: March 8, 2013  

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Bordeaux Under $20

New reviews of appealing 2010 reds that won't break the bank

Posted: January 25, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

12 Outstanding California Zinfandels

New reviews of highly rated reds, most from the 2010 vintage

Posted: January 14, 2013  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Do They Do It, Part 2: Meet the People Who Make $500 Wines, $10 Wines—And Everything in Between

It takes a vision—or a few dozen of them—to turn thousands of acres into millions of bottles. The stakes are high, and plenty can go wrong

Posted: December 27, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

At the Penfolds Nuriootpa winery in Barossa, you can crush 22,000 tons of grapes. At Chateau Ste.-Michelle, 2.8 million cases of wine go out the door every year. If you are Peter Gago or Bob Bertheu, head winemakers at Penfolds and Ste.-Michelle, respectively, how do you even process and track so much stuff, let alone make it good?

"That's why God created Microsoft Excel, I guess," replied Bertheu. I asked four winemakers who head up large-to-massive operations that produce dozens of different cuvées in all price ranges, from $10 quaffers on up to the storied $600 Penfolds Grange. In my previous post on the subject, I gave a sense of the scale of the task and wrote about how the four keep tabs on their growers and grapes through harvest. Now I'll explain how they juggle as many as 52 different wines at once.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: Back to Terra Firma, With a Stop in Fronsac

World-renowned consulting enologist Michel Rolland and his wife, Dany, call Château Fontenil home

Posted: December 17, 2012  By James Molesworth

Finally, after 11 straight days of all-day tasting, it was time to get some fresh air. I slammed my laptop closed to punctuate the end of the tasting, put on my vineyard shoes (it's rained steadily since I've been here and the vineyards are muddy) and headed over to Fronsac to get back in touch with terra firma. After all that, my first stop is Fronsac, you ask? Not a first-growth or Sauternes estate?

With 2,000 acres of vines and 71 producers, Fronsac is just a blip in the overall scheme of Bordeaux. It pales in size and reputation to its cross-river neighbor St.-Emilion, for example, and the wines are often overlooked by the marketplace. But there must be something to Fronsac, if Michel and Dany Rolland call it home.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: The End of a Marathon

Pessac and St.-Estèphe round out my Left Bank 2010 Red Bordeaux tastings before finishing with the sweet wines of Sauternes

Posted: December 13, 2012  By James Molesworth

I spent the last few days of my 2010 Bordeaux tasting by working through the reds of St.-Estèphe and then Pessac.

The reds from Pessac, with their typically tarry spine and sometimes wild notes of tobacco and ash, were a standout group, with the fruit showing the extra amplitude of the vintage and the structure evident but well-integrated. Branon turned in a very strong showing, as did some of the usual suspects. There really were no disappointments.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Bordeaux Diary: The Back Stretch of a Long Race

After confirming initial impressions of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage on the Right Bank, I'm working my way through Margaux, Pauillac, St.-Julien and more

Posted: December 10, 2012  By James Molesworth

I'm getting into the meat of my 2010 Bordeaux tasting now, having worked through the Right Bank wines of St.-Emilion (which takes two full days), Pomerol and their various satellite appellations. As mentioned briefly in my last blog, the wines are showing very, very well.

I have started in on the Left Bank now, tasting wines from the Médoc, Graves and Margaux. The highlights so far, though, have come from Pauillac and St.-Julien.

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