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In the March 31, 2018 Issue

2015 Bordeaux

"Tasting hundreds of finished wines from the 2015 vintage has confirmed my initial impression when I sampled them from barrel in the spring of 2016: The vintage delivers exceptional quality across the region."—James Molesworth

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

Cover Story

2015 Bordeaux - In its best vintage since the classic 2010, France's premier wine region delivers remarkable reds from both the Right and Left Banks, as well as fine dry whites and sweet wines. From elite releases from first-growth châteaus to stunning values from lesser-known estates, there's something for everyone in this can't-miss year
Young Lions - Four esteemed estates are handing the reins to the next generation of leaders, who are achieving distinction by blending tradition with fresh ambition
Alphabetical Guide - Scores and prices for nearly 700 wines from the vintage

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Explore the city of Bordeaux's beautiful riverfront, 18th century architecture, lively restaurants and more


Tasting Reports

Oregon's Pinot Passion - Willamette Valley, the state's leading wine region, marks its third standout vintage in a row in 2015, with Pinot Noir the starring grape
FREE: Oregon Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing - More than 560 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Winemaker Rollin Soles explains why the Willamette Valley is ideal for Pinot Noir

Wineries to Watch - Two producers pushing limits in Oregon


Living the Château Life - Bordeaux's great estates are opening their doors to wine-loving guests, offering gorgeous accommodations and world-class dining experiences


A Family Affair in Alto Adige - Vintner Elena Walch set a standard for impeccable quality at her namesake winery. Now her daughters are following in her footsteps and building on her legacy



What the New U.S. Tax Code Means for Wineries - Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about


Southern California Wildfires Spare Winemakers
In Memoriam: Bob Wilmers, Banker and Château Haut-Bailly Owner; Davis Bynum, Sonoma Legend
In Brief: Chinese Wine Titan Invests in Australia


Golfer-Turned-Vintner Cristie Kerr - The pro golf champ is looking forward to her future as a full-time vintner


An All-Italian Cheese Plate


Bourbon Barrels


Ireland's Ashford Castle; Seattle's Taste Washington; Argentina Grape Festival


FAQ: Bordeaux

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This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Bordeaux Buys, Italian Finds, Global Values


James Laube - The end of an era

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 - Keep it simple

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Slow-Cooked Oxtail With Barolo

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE & HEALTH TIPS In "Hot Topics in Health," we share the past year's biggest news and most provocative questions regarding moderate drinking and its role in brain health, aging, diabetes, cancer and more. Keep on top of the latest research through our regular Health News reports, ask questions in Wine & Health Q&A and sign up for Wine & Healthy Living, our free twice-monthly e-letter.

VALENTINE'S DAY You know what that they say about the way to someone's heart …. We're sure your darling will be impressed when you whip up a recipe from one of the country's top chefs, pull out the perfect wine pairing and wrap up with delicious chocolate treats or another favorite dessert. We've got everything you need to make your romantic day a success. And if dining out is more appealing than dining in, be sure to choose a from restaurant with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

NEED-TO-KNOW NEWS For wine lovers and the trade, our website is the place to go to find out which big-name wineries have been sold, the possible impact of Brexit on the wine market, who is being prosecuted for counterfeiting or other wine fraud, and much more. Keep up with our News section or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Here are some recent selections:

  • 4 Moments in Bordeaux: What are the key events that determine whether a Bordeaux vintage will be mediocre, good or legendary? Château Lafite Rothschild's Eric Kohler explains.
  • Boost Your Wine IQ—Tannins: Why are tannins so important in wine? Winemaker David Ramey gets geeky on the subject.
  • $20 vs. $90—A Winemaker's Pricing: Senior editor Kim Marcus and Argentina's Sebastián Zuccardi discuss what differentiates luxury-priced wines.

368,000+ WINE REVIEWS We've hit a new milestone in our online library of expert wine ratings! Use our powerful search to find the latest scores and tasting notes (we blind-tasted about 17,000 wines in 2017 alone), check the recommended drink window and latest auction prices on your cellared wines, or delve into the historical performance of the world's great collectibles.

MASTERING BORDEAUX Explore the complexities of Bordeaux with Wine Spectator School's online course. Learn about the important classifications, the collectible wines and the bargains. Taste the differences between wines from key areas and go behind the scenes at top châteaus. All 10 courses are included with WineSpectator.com membership.

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