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Rosé New Releases: No Slowing Down in 2018

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2018

I’ve been waiting for the market to hit a saturation point with pink wines for several years. It looks like I will have to wait a bit longer. Pink wines have never been in such worldwide demand as they are now. Producers from seemingly every red wine region on earth have been eagerly jumping on the bandwagon at a positively dizzying pace.

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Elegance Returns to the Northern Rhône in 2016

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2018

Following the huge success of the 2015 vintage, which produced deeply concentrated, structured and age-worthy wines, 2016 pivoted almost 180 degrees by issuing an abundance of graceful, elegant reds that showcase balance and freshness over mass and power.

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2016 Northern Rhône Whites: Excellent but Often Scarce

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, May 2018

Hot on the heels of the outstanding 2015 vintage, 2016 produced one of the strongest sets of white wines from the northern Rhône region in recent memory. The only issue will be actually finding them, as production in many cases was pitifully small.

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'16 vs. '15 Northern Rhône: Heads You Win, Tails You Win

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Apr 2018

At first glance, 2016 and 2015 in the Northern Rhône Valley would appear to have yielded wines with utterly disparate personalities. On paper and by reputation the 2016s and 2015s couldn’t be more different. So the received wisdom goes. In reality, though, the closer one looks at these two outstanding vintages, the more similarities start to reveal themselves. My recent extensive tastings of bottled wines from both years, sampled side-by-side at many estates, have only confirmed my impressions of these two superb vintages.

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2016 Beaujolais: Hail, Yes

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Mar 2018

Following the often opulent 2015s, the 2016 vintage in Beaujolais marks a return to the classic expression of the region, producing bright, energetic wines that show real charm and early appeal.

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Oregon’s Expanding Palette of Wines

featured, United States: Oregon

Josh Raynolds, Feb 2018

Fueled by steadily increasing production of first-class Rieslings and Chardonnays, Oregon’s wineries are proving that they can do much more than just make great Pinot Noir.

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Oregon Pushes the Quality Needle for Pinot

featured, United States: Oregon

Josh Raynolds, Jan 2018

The 2015 vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir is an all-around winner in terms of quality and quantity. The 2015 Pinots, the main focus of this year’s report, are already commanding intense demand in the market and what ‘14s are still out there, including many of the late releases covered here, are also hot commodities.

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2015 Beaujolais: Monumental But Often Atypical

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Dec 2017

The 2015 vintage in Beaujolais has attracted more attention from both consumers and the trade than any vintage in my experience. While I tasted a higher percentage of outstanding wines from 2015 than ever before, many of them aren’t exactly what I would call classic renditions of the region.

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Santa Lucia Highlands 2015: The Grapes of a Wrathful Vintage

featured, United States: California

Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

The relatively small Santa Lucia Highlands region is the source of some of California’s finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. While quality has been on the upswing in recent years, drought conditions and strange weather have had a severe impact on production.

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Paso Robles Copes, Adapts and Evolves

featured, United States: California

Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

Readers who follow the Paso Robles wine scene hardly need to be reminded that the region, which is historically dry in the first place, suffered through a long-term drought that drastically curtailed production in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. That has not stopped quality from surging to new highs.