Napa Cabernet Triumphs Again

A stunning vintage in 2009 yields a bounty of great wine
Nov 15, 2012

What makes the 2009 vintage in Napa distinctive is that it combines the best attributes of two prior classics-2007 (Napa: 97) and 2008 (Napa: 96). The '07s are opulent and richly flavored; the 2008s are denser and more refined. The 2009s are rich and polished, ripe, displaying great structure and finesse. Launching the string of excellent years were the concentrated 2006s (95). Wine Spectator's James Laube reports.

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