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Napa Cabernet
Nov 15, 2012

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.

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Cover Stories

Napa Cabernet Triumphs Again

Napa Cabernet Triumphs Again

What makes the 2009 vintage in Napa distinctive is that it combines the best attributes of two …
Nov 15, 2012
Pursuing Their Dreams

Pursuing Their Dreams

The five vintners profiled have diverse backgrounds and interests, but they share the goal of …
Nov 15, 2012
Napa’s Pritchard Hill

Napa’s Pritchard Hill

Pritchard Hill is a rugged mass of compacted volcanic rock that forms the eastern ridge of central …
Nov 15, 2012

Tasting Reports

Pure Alsace

Pure Alsace

France's Alsace region excels at the production of vibrant white and dessert wines made from …
Nov 15, 2012

Features

Boston Eats

Boston Eats

Boston is happening. Along with the opening and development of the Waterfront and Seaport neighborh…
Nov 15, 2012
Argentina’s Visionary Vintner

Argentina’s Visionary Vintner

Argentina's wine history dates back more than four centuries, yet as recently as three decades ago …
Nov 15, 2012
The House That Jess Jackson Built

The House That Jess Jackson Built

There won't be another quite like Jess Jackson. The man who built a wine empire from the ground up …
Nov 15, 2012
Jadot’s Ace

Jadot’s Ace

Jacques Lardière may not be a household name, but Jadot is, and chances are you've had a wine he …
Nov 15, 2012
Tasting 42 Vintages at Louis Jadot

Tasting 42 Vintages at Louis Jadot

In February, as winemaker Jacques Lardière prepared for retirement, he set up a tasting to look …
Nov 15, 2012

Grapevine

Business Watch: California Dealing

Business Watch: California Dealing

Napa-based Turley Wine Cellars has purchased Karly Wines, a small Amador County producer that …
Nov 15, 2012
Have Wine, Will Travel

Have Wine, Will Travel

Robin Knepper, a Seattle native, is a doting grandmother of four boys, ages 7 to 13 years. She is …
Nov 15, 2012
Mac and Cheese—With Ease

Mac and Cheese—With Ease

While many Americans know macaroni and cheese only from a box, restaurant chefs across the country …
Nov 15, 2012
<em>Wine Spectator</em> Launches WineRatings+

Wine Spectator Launches WineRatings+

When choosing a wine for dinner or a party, let Wine Spectator help you select the right bottle …
Nov 15, 2012
Deep in the Cellars of Texas

Deep in the Cellars of Texas

June Rodil is the wine director for Congress in Austin, Texas, where she balances two separate …
Nov 15, 2012
“A Brief History of Merlot” Wins 2012 Video Contest

“A Brief History of Merlot” Wins 2012 Video Contest

It's a familiar tale of failure and redemption. This time, though, the hero isn't a politician or a …
Nov 15, 2012
A Strong Showing for 2002 Cabernets at Age 10

A Strong Showing for 2002 Cabernets at Age 10

The 2002 Napa Valley Cabernets, always showy, are more than living up to their early promise. They …
Nov 15, 2012
Loire Reds, Supple Chardonnays and Rhône Values

Loire Reds, Supple Chardonnays and Rhône Values

This selection of Cabernet Franc is one of the stalwart red grape varieties in France's Loire …
Nov 15, 2012
New Wave Liqueurs

New Wave Liqueurs

Thanks to a trend sweeping the cocktail world, you can now walk into a liquor store and legally …
Nov 15, 2012

Departments

Chicken Noodle Soup With Sonoma Chardonnay

Chicken Noodle Soup With Sonoma Chardonnay

This chicken noodle soup dish shared with Wine Spectator evokes memories as much as it creates …
Nov 15, 2012
The Evolution of To Kalon Vineyard

The Evolution of To Kalon Vineyard

The evolution of To Kalon Vineyard is a prime example of how valued Cabernet Sauvignon is in Napa …
Nov 15, 2012
Why Authenticity Matters

Why Authenticity Matters

There is an alarming theme that has become all too familiar to wine lovers: forgery. Many have …
Nov 15, 2012
Letters

Letters

Nov 15, 2012
California

California

This issue, we turn our focus to California, and particularly to Cabernet Sauvignon, the king of …
Nov 15, 2012

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.

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