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2011 Bordeaux from the Bottle

IWC, France: Bordeaux

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2014

If I had to pick just one element that defines the Bordeaux reds of 2011, it is the transformative role of élevage

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Brunello di Montalcino 2009 and 2008 Riserva

IWC, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2014

Brunello di Montalcino is indisputably one of the world's greatest wines.

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Oregon Pinot Noir Update

IWC, United States: Oregon

Josh Raynolds, Jul 2014

In the eyes of most Willamette Valley winemakers 2012 is a pinot vintage for the record books, and by all accounts the market is in agreement the wines have sold swiftly and in many cases are all gone at the wineries and even at the wholesale and retail levels in many markets

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Hungary's 21st-Century Tokajis

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Stephen Tanzer, Jun 2014

In the not too distant future, a tasting tour of the most important villages and hillside sites of the Tokaj region in northeastern Hungary is likely to be a voyage of terroir discovery in much the same way that cellar visits along Burgundy's Route des Grands Crus are today

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Annual Rose Roundup, 2014 Part 1

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Josh Raynolds, Jun 2014

This is the first of two installments of our annual summer coverage of rosé

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2011 Vintage Ports

IWC, Fortified Wines & Spirits

Stephen Tanzer, May 2014

The 2011 vintage ports, the first widely declared port vintage since 2007, arrived in the market with great fanfare

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Bordeaux 2013: Definitely Not the Vintage of the Century

IWC, France: Bordeaux

Ian D'Agata, May 2014

Asked for his take on the 2013 Bordeaux red wines, world-famous consulting winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt sighed wearily "A year of huge volume; easy to make, perfumed, smoothly tannic wines; perhaps the vintage of the century

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California's North Coast

IWC, United States: California

Stephen Tanzer, May 2014

Following the challenging, short 2011 vintage, the North Coast's growers and winemakers got exactly what they needed in 2012 a return to classic California weather and a copious crop, followed by a very early and highly successful harvest in 2013 that some cabernet growers are already calling better than 2012

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Vertical Tasting of Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino

IWC, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, May 2014

There is no doubt that knowledgeable Brunello fans consider Il Marroneto to be one of the top dozen or so estates in Montalcino today

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Vertical Tasting of Mastroberardino's Taurasi Riserva

IWC, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, May 2014

Taurasi is potentially one of Italy's greatest and most important wines