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Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon: A Complete Retrospective

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

In 1979, Bill and Mary Seavey purchased a roughly 200-acre property in the sheltered rolling hills of Conn Valley – barely four miles east of St. Helena as the crow flies but farther as the road winds – as a weekend retreat. This comprehensive vertical tasting traced the arc of the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon all the way back to the inaugural 1990 vintage.

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Colgin Syrah IX Estate: A Complete Retrospective

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

Who knew that an isolated spot in the eastern hills above St. Helena, in an area best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, would produce one of America’s most consistently spectacular Syrah bottlings? Apparently, Ann Colgin did.

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The 2001 Red Burgundies at Age 15

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

Owing to tricky weather conditions during the weeks leading up to the harvest, the 2001 red Burgundies received mixed reviews at the outset. Growers themselves expressed reservations about the wines. But the 2001s have evolved gracefully and the better examples are pure, classic red Burgundies with noteworthy transparency to site.

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2014 Red Burgundies: Delicious Terroir-Driven Midweights

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2017

The best 2014 red Burgundies show exhilarating definition and lift, typically with high-pitched aromas and flavors of tangy red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers. And with mostly moderate levels of alcohol and baby fat, the 2014s are clear reflections of their terroirs.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Vilmart & Cie Cuvée Creation

Cellar Favorites

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2017

Opening a bottle of Champagne 20 years after its vintage date may seem like a risky proposition, but the better wines from the great 1996 vintage are just rounding into form and the best of them may go on for decades.

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The 2015 Red Burgundies: You Are So Going To Want Them

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jan 2017

The very warm, dry growing season of 2015 provided Burgundy’s growers with the raw materials to make splendidly rich, deep, fruit-driven wines that will appeal to connoisseurs and neophytes alike.

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Focus on Washington: Hot Times in the Desert

United States: Washington, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2016

The recent string of extra-hot years has forced Washington State’s growers and winemakers to respond proactively to extreme conditions. But the most successful players have been able to harvest strong raw materials and produce seriously rich, balanced wines.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Domaine Arnaud Ente Meursault La Sève du Clos

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2016

Opening ten-year old white Burgundies can be fraught with peril, owing to the category’s ongoing issues with premature oxidation. But I needn’t have worried about this remarkable village wine from Arnaud Ente, who is routinely one of the earliest pickers in Meursault.

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Mâconnais: The Headspinning 2015s and The Classic 2014s

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2016

As on the Côte de Beaune, the Mâconnais produced classically taut, mineral-driven 2014s followed by very rich and in some cases exotic 2015s from a very warm, dry, early growing season. In short, the two vintages offer intriguing choices for every Chardonnay lover.

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Vertical Tasting of the Nicolás Catena Zapata 1997-2012

Argentina, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Oct 2016

Trailblazer Nicolás Catena launched his Nicolás Catena Zapata blend in 1997 to prove that Argentina could make a world-class Bordeaux-style wine with a long and graceful aging curve. My vertical tasting in September made it clear that he was successful from the outset.