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Vintage Retrospective: The 2010 Napa Valley Cabernets

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, May 2020

The Vinous vintage chart rates 2010 as the top vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet between 1991 and 2013. As my recent retrospective tasting showed, the 2010s are overdelivering on their early promise.

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'Tis the Season for Rosato

featured, Italy

Eric Guido, May 2020

It’s time to think pink, especially as the weather warms and we long for those lazy summer afternoons poolside or at the grill. With all of the regions that produce Rosé throughout Italy, the big question is: What are the differences between all of the styles of Rosé that are available today? This year's Rosato Report showcases the top performers, as well as giving insights into the 2019 vintage.

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Hopes and Dreams: Canon Chaigneau 1998-2019

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, May 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is not evenly spread across society, nor across wine estates. Imagine you were on the cusp of buying a small Bordeaux château when suddenly the world is in lockdown. What happens then? This is the story of Canon Chaigneau.

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Denis Durantou 1957-2020

featured, Vinous Remembers

Neal Martin, May 2020

Vines never mourn the passing of a winemaker. They stay rooted to the ground, oblivious to the loss. Without a moment’s pause they burst into life for another year, another vintage. L’Eglise-Clinet is no exception. However this year those vines will bear fruit without the man to whom they are indebted, Denis Durantou. After months of illness, Durantou finally succumbed last Friday - a winemaker gone far too soon. Pomerol will never quite be the same again.

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Northern Rhône: A First Look at the 2019s

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, May 2020

While my late-winter visit to the northern Rhône focused primarily on tasting the 2017s and bottled 2018s, I also had a chance to try a good number of 2019s. Like 2018, 2019 was a hot and dry year, but the wines look extremely promising and show an uncanny blend of depth and vivacity.

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Six Decades of Pavie-Macquin: 1928-2018

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, May 2020

Pavie-Macquin is one of the great success stories of Saint-Émilion. This retrospective going all the way back to 1928 provided a remarkable opportunity to witness the evolution of the property from underachiever to superstar, with all of the highs and lows that invariably accompany an extensive vertical that spans epic, average and challenging vintages. For the occasion, estate manager Nicolas Thienpont and consulting oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt gathered every wine they have made at Pavie-Macquin, with a few surprises thrown into the mix.

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Remember, Remember: 1945 Bordeaux

featured, France: Bordeaux

Neal Martin, May 2020

Today is the 75th anniversary of V-E Day. Plans for mass celebrations have been cancelled as the world faces its biggest challenge since World War II, denying us the opportunity to publicly honor and thank the veterans who fought for our freedom. None of this diminishes the importance of the day. This article was written to coincide with V-E Day and the momentous year of 1945. It is more than a list of wines and scores. It endeavors to present an objective analysis of the vintage and its wines, explaining why it turned out more successful than others. Most importantly, it provides historical context, not only as a region under the control of the occupying German army, but also from the viewpoint of individual châteaux.

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Campania: Forgotten Realms

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Eric Guido, May 2020

Campania is steeped in history that goes back many centuries. Its oenological landscape is every bit as fascinating. Indigenous varieties – many of them brought back from near-extinction – cultivated in striking sites by ambitious producers yield remarkable wines that speak of place. Readers will find everything from crisp dry whites to powerful reds built for the cellar, and everything in between.

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Winemaking and Wine Marketing in a Plague Year

United States: California, featured, General Interest, France, New Zealand, United States: Oregon, Argentina, Australia, Italy

Stephen Tanzer, May 2020

In just the past couple of months, the novel coronavirus has profoundly changed the production and sale of wine around the globe. In this roundtable interview, 35 producers get specific about the challenges they are facing.

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Burgundy New Releases: A Bit of Everything…

France: Burgundy, featured

Vinous, May 2020

Our latest Burgundy update covers a smattering of wines Neal Martin and Antonio Galloni have tasted in recent months, everything from entry-level offerings all the way up to Grand Crus. For more on Burgundy, readers might want to revisit Neal’s 2018 Burgundy: Confounded Expectations and Antonio’s Postcard from Chablis: The 2018s & 2017s.