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In the Nov. 15, 2009 Issue

California Cabernet

California is in the midst of a strong run of Cabernet vintages, with a variety of styles on offer, from sleek and elegant to bold and extravagant.

FREE Wine Charts:

California Cabernet wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Cabernet wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Alsace wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Alsace wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

2006 Cabernet - The varietal is on a roll, with the 2006 wines marking the third excellent harvest in a row and the 2007 vintage showing even greater potential

WineSpectator.com: Almost 600 wines were reviewed for this report. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

FREE: California Cabernet Sauvignon Alphabetical Listing
Top Wines and Recommended Values
Wineries to Watch - Five rising stars are making names for themselves in Napa

WineSpectator.com: Watch the California Cabernet video series and meet some of the state's top winemakers.

Cabernet Q&A - Napa Valley winemaker Andy Erickson talks about what the grape means to him

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Tasting Reports

Star Power From Alsace - A near-perfect harvest in 2007 produces a bounty of first-class bottlings

WineSpectator.com: More than 250 wines were reviewed for this report. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing


High Steaks Eating - An exercise in matching wine and beef at Del Frisco’s steak house serves as a helpful guide for home cooks


End of an Era - The sale of historic family winery Sebastiani reflects broader trends in the California wine industry
Expanding Empire - William Foley, Sebastiani’s new owner, combines a knack for acquisitions with an interest in wine
Persistence Pays - Winemaker Nicolas Potel is determined to produce great Burgundies


"Murder by Malbec" - Winery owner Stanley Sour lies dead, clocked over the head with a bottle of Malbec—whodunit? Play detective in our series of wine puzzles
Solutions to “Murder by Malbec”
Distinguished Service Award 2009 - For his tireless work to connect family wineries with consumers and for his philanthropic efforts, Wine Spectator honors William Deutsch



Business - The changing face of France’s vineyards

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking.


Slumping Champagne sales lead to grape yield limits
Michael Broadbent sues Random House
Kendall-Jackson Owner Seeks New Name for a Mountain


Kosta Browne gets new owners
Vintner Doug Margerum relaunches Santa Barbara’s Wine Cask

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Southern Rhône, Sauvignon Blanc and Argentine Malbec


Chocolate - How texture affects flavor


The Lofty Highball

Things We Like

Wine totes
Napa Olive Oil
An Importer’s Music


1999 California Cabernet

WineSpectator.com: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 1999 California Cabernet wines reviewed for this retrospective tasting. Members: View full tasting notes for all the wines and save your favorites to your Personal Wine List.

1999 California Cabernet Retrospective Notes - A blind tasting of 44 wines finds many have aged well in their first decade

Cellars / Collections

Private Cellars - Southwestern-style wine storage


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Trouble for Napa Cabernet?

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube asks what wine you'd create at your fantasy winery, praises an off-the-beaten-path Napa vineyard and reflects on the looming end of an era at Kathryn Kennedy winery. Join the conversation.

Matt Kramer - Wine-buying simplified

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - Sean Connery

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Couldn't join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars? Our full event coverage brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Recent additions include:

  • Carneros Pinot Noir We talk with Saintsbury's Dick Ward to learn why this cool-climate California appellation is such a great place to grow the finicky Pinot grape.

  • Burgundy's White Value Region Senior editor Bruce Sanderson introduces you to Mâconnais' style of Chardonnay.

HALLOWEEN FUN Treat yourself this holiday with sweet wines and indulgent desserts.

FOOD AND WINE MATCHING TOOL We've added new wine and food categories to help you make even more great pairings.

MEMBER COMMENTS Share your views on current news and feature stories with fellow wine lovers and our editors (only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them on free articles).

CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in Mondays to get scores and notes for hot new Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.

2009 HARVEST BLOGS Winemakers from key regions in the Northern Hemisphere are sharing their thoughts and experiences during crush.

NEW PERSONAL WINE LIST A streamlined version with integrated cellar data and print-friendly options makes it easier to manage your wine collection and track your total holdings, value, and gain and loss.

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