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Napa and Sonoma: The 2017 Summer Update

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

Keeping up with the pace of new releases in Napa Valley, Sonoma and neighboring appellations is a nearly impossible task. This article covers producers that I missed earlier in the year because of scheduling conflicts and treacherous weather during the winter. A number of wineries are appearing in Vinous for the first time, reaffirming our commitment to offer readers unparalleled insight on exciting, new projects as they develop.

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Verticals of Ramey’s Hyde & Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnays

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Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2017

David Ramey, one of California’s proven masters of Chardonnay, has compiled an admirable track record for making rich, complex wines with uncanny staying power, as a recent tasting of his Chardonnays from the Hyde and Ritchie vineyards made clear.

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Book Excerpt: Appellation Napa Valley – Stags Leap District

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Richard Mendelson, Jul 2017

In this excerpt from his book Appellation Napa Valley – Building and Protecting an American Treasure, Richard Mendelson shares his first-hand account of the early days in the creation of the Stags Leap District AVA and the many untold stories that took place during this important and formative period in Napa Valley’s history.

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Vinous Table: Quince, San Francisco, California

Vinous Table, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

At its best, Chef/Owner Michael Tusk’s cooking artfully blends elements of innovation and tradition in dishes that are inventive and bold, with a touch of the whimsical. This dinner at Quince was full of highlights, even if there were a few rough spots. Regardless, we had a great time.

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2016 Napa Valley – First Impressions

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Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be another high quality vintage for Napa Valley. The young wines are aromatically expressive, open-knit and inviting, with soft contours, generous dark fruit and plenty of promise.

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A Bond Extravaganza

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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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Cellar Favorites: Seven Classics from Ridge

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Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

It’s always a pleasure to have the opportunity to revisit some of the reference point wines that have emerged from Ridge over the last few years. As I have written in the past, if the United States had a formal classification of estates, Ridge would be the equivalent of a Bordeaux First Growth.

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Vinous Map: The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley

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Antonio Galloni, May 2017

The Vineyards of St. Helena & Conn Valley is the seventh map in our series of Napa Valley vineyard maps. Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern vineyard cartography.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets

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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

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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.