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In the Nov. 15, 2012 Issue

Napa Cabernet

The beauty of Napa Cabernets is that they are made in a fashion that shows charm in their youth, with pure currant and dark berry flavors, fleshy textures and fine-grained tannins. But they are also engagingly complex, with room for development.

FREE Wine Chart:

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

Cover Story

2009 California Cabernet - The hot streak continues for California’s biggest red with the fourth classic-rated vintage in a row, as 2009 delivers rich and polished wines
Dreaming Big - Profiles of five producers who have realized their vision of making top Cabernet
Napa’s Pritchard Hill - On the east side of Napa Valley, a unique terroir produces profound reds

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Napa winemaker Helen Keplinger discusses Pritchard Hill's terroir which produces profound and distinctive reds, including elegant Bryant Family Cabernets.

California Cabernet Alphabetical Listing - Scores and prices for nearly 700 recent releases

WineSpectator.com: CALIFORNIA CABERNET COURSE Learn from top winemakers and explore the state's important Cabernet appellations with Wine Spectator School's online seminar. Discover the difference made by price levels and growing regions. California Cabernet and nine other courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49.95 per year.


Tasting Reports

Alsace’s Pure Flavors - The challenging 2010 vintage provides wines of finesse and concentration
FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing - More than 275 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.


Destination Boston - A revitalized waterfront and a host of new restaurants with burgeoning wine lists help energize the city


Nicolás Catena - An icon of Argentine wine is our 2012 Distinguished Service Award winner

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: The father and daughter team of Nicolás and Laura Catena have produced vintage after vintage of outstanding Malbecs. But how do these wines age? The two joined Wine Spectator's Nathan Wesley to taste examples from 2007, 2004 and 2000.

Jadot’s Ace - Jacques Lardière reflects on 42 years at the winemaking helm of Burgundy giant Maison Louis Jadot
Tasting 42 Vintages at Louis Jadot

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: After shepherding 42 vintages, the ineffable Jacques Lardière is retiring at the end of 2012. Jacques joined Bruce Sanderson and reflected on a lifetime of making wine from over 150 appellations at Maison Louis Jadot.


The House That Jess Jackson Built - This California wine empire faces the future without its founder and guiding force



Wine Spectator Launches WineRatings+

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

Business Watch: California Dealing - Two established North Coast players recently bought smaller wineries as they look to expand production
“A Brief History of Merlot” Wins 2012 Video Contest


Sommelier June Rodil - Austin-based sommelier June Rodil seeks the unexpected while appreciating the classics

Savvy Shopper

Loire Reds, Supple Chardonnays and Rhône Values


A Classic Mac and Cheese

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Sam Gugino’s columns and other articles on cheese.



WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns and other articles on spirits.


2002 California Cabernet

WineSpectator.com: Research before you buy or sell at auction. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 10,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

Cellars / Collections

Robin Knepper - Robin Knepper’s collection spotlights her favorite wine regions


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - To Kalon evolution

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Why authenticity matters

WineSpectator.com: Don't miss Matt Kramer's web-exclusive essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Brandon Carter’s Chicken Noodle Soup With Sonoma Chardonnay - Chef Brandon Carter, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, S.C.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 12, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2012, followed by the complete Top 100 list. As a bonus, for two weeks we'll be offering all visitors free trial access to our website's members-only features. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

NEW OPINION AND ADVICE BLOG Follow our team of Wine Spectator news and features writers via the Mixed Case blog, where they share thoughts on current events and wine culture, tips on learning about wine, and more.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions featuring New and Old World vintners:

  • Sports Legend and Wine Lover Drew Bledsoe: What does a winning NFL quarterback do after retirement? The Patriots' Drew Bledsoe returned to his home state of Washington to make wine in Walla Walla. Bledsoe shared his story and his aptly named Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon at the Wine Experience.
  • Biodynamic Burgundy: Anne-Claude Leflaive manages what may be Burgundy's greatest estate for white wines. Also an ardent proponent of the biodynamic method of grapegrowing, the highly respected vigneron shares her experiences at Domaine Leflaive with Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson.

NEW WORLD WINE EXPERIENCE : Coming soon: This year, Wine Spectator's fun and informative lineup of fine wine tastings and seminars comes to Los Angeles. Our online coverage of the event, taking place Oct. 18 to 20, brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in on Mondays to get the latest reviews on hot new-release Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.

CALIFORNIA CABERNET COURSE Learn from top winemakers and explore the state's important Cabernet appellations with Wine Spectator School's online seminar. Discover the difference made by price levels and growing regions. California Cabernet and nine other courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49.95 per year.

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