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Vintage Retrospective: The 2007 Napa Valley Cabernets

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

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

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

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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Arietta – A Complete Retrospective: 1996-2015

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2017

This complete retrospective provided a fascinating opportunity to track the evolution and growth of Arietta as the winery reached its twentieth anniversary.

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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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Vinous Maps BYOB at Michael Chiarello's Ottimo

Vinous Table, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

This BYOB Dinner at Chef Michael Chiarello’s just-opened Ottimo in Yountville showed just how powerful wine can be in its ability to bring people together. The occasion was the formal launch of the Vinous map of the vineyards of Yountville, a project our maps team has been working on for several years. It was great to share this night with my colleagues Alessandro Masnaghetti, Kelli White and Bryce Wiatrak.

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Sonoma’s Sensational 2015s Parts 1 & 2

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

Challenging spring conditions, warm weather and a very early harvest produced rich, sumptuous Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels and Syrahs that offer a compelling interplay of dense fruit and vibrant, pulsating acidity. The best 2015s are exotic, viscerally thrilling wines endowed with phenomenal purity, depth and intensity.

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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Ravenswood Zinfandel Monte Rosso

Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

More than twenty years after it was made, Ravenswood's 1995 Zinfandel Monte Rosso is superb. Powerful and intense to the core, the 1995 offers up a compelling interplay of dark cherry, kirsch, licorice, leather, tobacco and wood smoke. Despite its considerable intensity, the 1995 has more than enough freshness and depth to drink well for another decade, perhaps more.

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Ovid: The First Nine Years 2005-2013

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Ovid is one of the most exciting new entrants in the world of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Since their first commercially released vintage in 2005, Ovid has shown what is possible on Pritchard Hill’s Long Ranch Road sector. This vertical provided a rare opportunity to track the estate’s evolution from the first release to the present.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill

Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017

Colgin’s 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is simply extraordinary. The aromatics alone are dazzling. Sweet tobacco, graphite, mocha, black cherry and spice give the 2006 its exotic, alluring personality.