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A Bond Extravaganza

featured, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2017

A remarkable comprehensive tasting at Bond Estates in March spotlighted the consistently high quality of the Bond wines and brought their distinctive terroir character into sharp relief.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

At the level of the better producers, 2007 was a splendid vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. These very dense, ripe, deeply fruity yet lively wines are evolving slowly and gracefully.

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Bryant’s Cabernet Sauvignon: 1994-2014

featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

A number of accomplished cooks have stirred the broth at Bryant over a quarter-century of winemaking, but the power, purity and personality of this elite Pritchard Hill site have always come through in the maturing wines.

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A Splendid 2015 Vintage in South Africa—Time To Discover Swartland’s Wines

featured, South Africa

Stephen Tanzer, May 2017

South Africa’s more ambitious wines—whites as well as reds—are fresher and better than ever, and they have never offered more stunning value in export markets than they do today.

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Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon: A Complete Retrospective

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California

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

featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives

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

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy

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

featured, France: Burgundy

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

featured, France: Burgundy

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.