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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

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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Arietta – A Complete Retrospective: 1996-2015

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California

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

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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Vinous Maps BYOB at Michael Chiarello's Ottimo

United States: California, Vinous Table

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

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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.