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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.

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Grower Spotlight: Dick Steltzner

United States: California, featured

Kelli White, Jan 2017

Dick Steltzner was born and raised in Piedmont, California – just outside of Oakland. His mother was a member of the extended Schilling family of Schilling spices (now McCormick). Although this particular branch of the family had effectively run through their fortune by the time Steltzner came along, the name still carried weight within San Francisco society, and they retained a handful of aristocratic tendencies, such as regular travel to Europe and the drinking of wine with dinner.

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Napa Valley Trilogy: 2014, 2015 & 2016 - Parts 1-3

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2016

Napa Valley delivered another exceptional vintage in 2014. The wines are bright, energetic and focused, with tons of character and pedigree. Even better, the 2014s will be easier to drink young than the 2013s that preceded them. This article focuses on the bottled 2014s, although I tasted many 2015s and some 2016s as well.

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Vinous Napa Valley Vineyard Maps

Italy, featured, Italy: Piedmont, United States: California

Vinous, Nov 2016

Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern cartography. Each map shows property boundaries on the front and more detailed information on the back, including historical background for each region and 3-D images that allow for unprecedented perspective of vineyard sites.

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Santa Lucia Highlands: New Releases

United States: California, Santa Lucia Highlands, featured

Josh Raynolds, Oct 2016

Two thousand fourteen has provided fans of Santa Lucia Highlands wines with a bevy of rich yet energetic wines that showcase intense, highly perfumed fruit without excess weight. A picture-perfect growing season resulted in healthy small berries. The result was wines that lead with their fruit but also have the depth and structure to age.

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Paso Robles: Taming the Beast

United States: California, featured

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2016

Recent vintages in Paso Robles have been exceptional, quality-wise, but an extended drought has slashed fruit yields between 25% and 50%, resulting in a classic “good news, bad news” situation that is driving producers and wine lovers nuts. Fans of full-throttle wines will find plenty to like from Paso Robles in 2014, although sourcing the wines may prove to be more of a challenge.

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The Rutherford and Oakville AVAs - Early Days

United States: California, featured

Richard Mendelson, Sep 2016

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 Rutherford and Oakville AVAs and the many untold stories that took place during this important and formative period in Napa Valley’s history.

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Santa Barbara: On the Road, Continued...

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

My annual trip to Santa Barbara was more jam-packed than usual. The number of producers making compelling wines continues to grow, which is great news for the consumer. Most of the wines I tasted were from 2014, a year in which Chardonnay seems to have done particularly well. I continue to believe Santa Barbara is one of California’s best-kept secrets. The region’s rich viticultural and winemaking culture offers much to discover.

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See The Vineyards of Stags Leap Like Never Before

United States: California, featured

Vinous, Sep 2016

Our Stags Leap Vineyard Map is now available to order at special early bird pricing. Illustrated in painstaking detail, the fourth installment in our Napa Valley Map series shows the vineyards of Stags Leap, owner by owner, like never before. Explore the myriad shades of Stags Leap’s vineyards and the region’s unique history through the 3-D illustrations and accompanying vineyard descriptions on the back of the map.

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California North Coast Supplement

United States: California, featured

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2016

Our annual California North Coast Supplement features the best Napa Valley and Sonoma wines that have come across my desk in recent months in between major reports. Coverage of new releases from California resumes this fall with Napa Valley.