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Paul Hobbs’ Cabernet Beckstoffer To Kalon: 1999-2016

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2019

The prolific Paul Hobbs makes his most complete Cabernet Sauvignon from the historic To Kalon vineyard, with recent vintages displaying all of the elements to ensure exceptional longevity.

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Kapcsándy Roberta’s Reserve and Grand Vin

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2019

In less than 20 years, the Kapcsándy family has created two flagship wines that can stand with the world’s finest Cabernets and Merlots. This double vertical of the flagship Merlot Roberta’s Reserve and Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin provided a unique opportunity to trace the history of the winery back to the early days.

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Domaine Trapet Chambertin: 1949-2012

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2019

Tireless work in the vineyards and a lighter hand in the winery have enabled Jean-Louis Trapet to restore his family’s estate to greatness in the 21st century. This remarkable vertical tasting of the flagship Chambertin encompassed most of the vintages made under Jean-Louis Trapet’s tenure, along with a handful of older gems from the Trapet family’s cellar.

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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Estate: 1977-2010

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2019

Chateau Montelena’s classic, long-aging flagship Cabernet from Calistoga has been steadily updated in recent decades through harvesting and cellar improvements as well as by the addition of fruit from volcanic hillside vineyards, which has contributed power, clarity and minerality to the wine. This retrospective traces the history of the Estate Cabernet back to 1977.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 1999 Napa Valley Cabernets

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2019

Napa Valley’s Cabernet crop in the mostly cool growing season of ’99 benefited from a late burst of heat, yielding lively, moderately dense, aromatically complex wines with very good staying power.

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Lail Vineyards J. Daniel Cuvée: 1997-2016

United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, May 2019

Lail Vineyards’ J. Daniel Cuvée, Robin Lail’s 21st-century interpretation of her family’s famed Cabernet-based wines of the past, has never been better than it is today.

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Beaulieu’s Georges de Latour Private Reserve: 1965–2016

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2019

Beaulieu Vineyard’s Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet is California’s first cult Cabernet. Adamantly Médoc-like in its earlier decades, it has evolved with the times. Recent vintages are as remarkable as ever, if in a more modern style.

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Domaine des Lambrays’ Clos des Lambrays 1966-2012

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2019

This past December seemed an ideal time for me to taste a vertical collection of the Domaine des Lambrays’ historic Grand Cru Clos des Lambrays going back to the 1960s. Under the steady hand of widely respected estate manager/winemaker Thierry Brouin, the Clos des Lambrays has been restored to Grand Cru status after decades of neglect.

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Faiveley’s Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley: 1986-2015

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, March 2019

The new generation at Faiveley has taken some of the tannic edges off the estate’s outsized Clos des Cortons, making this powerfully built, long-lived Burgundy more palatable in its youth. This vertical back to 1986 provided a unique opportunity to follow the arc of Faiveley’s flagship wine over four decades.

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Joseph Roty’s Charmes-Chambertin Très Vieilles Vignes

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Feb 2019

The Roty family’s Charmes-Chambertin from ancient vines has established a half-century track record as one of Burgundy’s monumental collectibles. My extensive vertical tasting of this bottling in December was also a celebration of a very private family—and the ghost in the room was the formidable personality of the late Joseph Roty, who was largely responsible for creating the “Roty style.”