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Crocker & Starr Cabernet Sauvignon Stone Place: 1999 – 2015

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Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2018

Crocker & Starr’s Stone Place Cabernet Sauvignon has flown under the radar of enophiles who gravitate to more flamboyant cult wines, but in my recent vertical tasting demonstrated remarkably consistent quality and old-vines concentration.

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Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Retrospective

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Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2018

With his spare-no-expenses winery and meticulous attention to detail, former tech start-up expert Chuck McMinn has fashioned a classic and long-lived Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at Vineyard 29, his estate at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains in St. Helena’s Northern Corridor.

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Brilliance in Napa Valley: 2016 & 2015 Cabernets

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be a fabulous vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, trailing only 2013 as the finest vintage of the decade so far. The 2016s continue to impress with their dazzling aromatic presence, finesse and nuance. Readers will have to be more selective with the 2015s, which are far less consistent.

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Ridge 2017 Monte Bello En Primeur

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Antonio Galloni, Mar 2018

“Selling Monte Bello en primeur came about totally by accident,” Paul Draper told me recently. “In 1984, Bordeaux had a very weak harvest. The London merchants told us the vintage did not look all that promising and asked us if we would be interested in selling Monte Bello futures." I recently had a chance to taste the 2017 Monte Bello in component lots and in a core base blend with Draper and current Ridge Winemaker Eric Baugher, who worked alongside Draper for more than twenty years before taking over the helm when Draper retired from day to day operations in 2016.

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Cellar Favorite: Philip Togni Library Releases: 2007 - 1997 - 1987

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Philip Togni has crafted memorable, riveting Napa Valley Cabernets for at least six decades. The Cabernet Sauvignon Togni made at Chappellet in 1969 remains one of the greatest and most singular wines I have ever had the pleasure to taste and drink, from any region in the world.

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Sonoma Preview: January 2018 New Releases

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Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Readers will start to see the first wave of new releases from Sonoma trickling into the market in the coming days and weeks. Our Sonoma Preview focuses on the finest, small-production, artisan Sonoma wines and will be updated periodically in advance of our comprehensive coverage of Sonoma, which will be published in a few weeks’ time.

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Cellar Favorite: 1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Rich and sumptuous on the palate, with superb aromatic intensity, the 1994 Rochioli Pinot Noir West Block is super-expressive today.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Tasted from magnum, Spottswoode’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and in a great spot right now. The exotic bouquet, with its myriad shades of smoke, graphite, espresso, savory herb and spice, is super-inviting. Deep, pliant and resonant on the palate, the 2002 captures the natural radiance of this warm Napa Valley vintage in its voluptuous fruit and soft contours.

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Santa Lucia Highlands 2015: The Grapes of a Wrathful Vintage

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Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

The relatively small Santa Lucia Highlands region is the source of some of California’s finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. While quality has been on the upswing in recent years, drought conditions and strange weather have had a severe impact on production.

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BOND: A Complete Retrospective

featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

This historic retrospective of five verticals going back to BOND's inaugural 1999 vintage was the most comprehensive tasting ever staged at the estate and the first time the Harlan family had opened all of the BOND wines in one sitting. The entire Harlan family, along with the teams at Harlan Estate and BOND, were present for this truly once in a lifetime look back at their work spanning three decades.