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A number of standout 2011 napa valley wines.

The 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons at Age Ten

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, May 2022

As the 2011 Napa Valley Cabernets reached the ten-year mark, revisionist thinking about the wines started to surface. Had the Cabernets of this much-derided vintage turned out better than expected? Absolutely not! The top 2011s were always gorgeous. Today, with the added benefit of bottle age, the best 2011s are showing especially well.

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Enticingly Fallible: Bordeaux 2021 En Primeur

France: Bordeaux, featured

Neal Martin, May 2022

Aside from widespread frost, constant rain, humidity, rot, muddy terrain, June’s biblical deluges, leafhopper infestations, a cool and overcast summer, delayed vine growth, spun-out véraison, stubbornly low phenolic ripeness, shortages of pickers and an incorrect weather forecast in the eve of harvest…the 2021 season was a piece of cake.

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2022 Argentina: A Harvest That Challenged Producers’ Skills

Argentina, featured

Joaquín Hidalgo, May 2022

It is pretty unusual that in mid-April there aren’t many grapes left to harvest in Argentina, where winery doors typically close in early May. For better or worse, unusual weather makes for an unusual vintage. Overall, the 2022 harvest can be summed up as one of great quality. Bumps in the road could be overcome by good decision-making and precise timing.

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2021 Bordeaux En Primeur: Back to Classicism

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, May 2022

The 2021 Bordeaux have turned out to be such a surprise. Weather conditions were challenging, and yet the top properties turned out gorgeous, classically built wines that will absolutely thrill readers who appreciate freshness and energy. Restrained alcohols and mid-weight structures will remind readers of Bordeaux pre-2000s. The best wines offer a striking combination of old-school classicism with modern-day precision. Quality is inconsistent though, so choosing carefully is essential. Even so, there is much to like in the 2021s.

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Saar Riesling 2019-2020: Selective Excellence

featured, Germany: Saar

David Schildknecht, May 2022

While you aren’t likely to mistake a 2019 German Riesling for its 2020 counterpart – least of all in the Greater Mosel – the two growing seasons had surprisingly much in common. And from that, there’s a lot to learn.

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Santa Lucia Highlands: Back-to-Back Greatness in 2018 & 2019

United States: California, featured, Santa Lucia Highlands

Josh Raynolds, May 2022

The brilliant 2018 vintage in the Santa Lucia Highlands was a tough act to follow, but 2019 is proving to be more than up to the challenge. Finely etched, precise fruit is a hallmark, while the wines should age gracefully on their balance and well-integrated tannins. The 2019s can be drunk young or cellared; either way, they are going to deliver a lot of pleasure throughout their lives.

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San Luis Obispo: At the Edge of the Ocean

United States: California, featured

Josh Raynolds, Apr 2022

The wines of San Luis Obispo continue to grow in popularity and availability. Recent vintages will only enhance the region’s well-earned reputation for high quality. The consistent success of the wines from this cool, Pacific Ocean-influenced region resulted in the creation of the new San Luis Obispo Coast AVA.

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This Is Not Just Another Winery: Haut-Bailly 1964-2018

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Apr 2022

Haut-Bailly’s new state-of-the-art winery heralds a new chapter in the château’s long history. In this article, I examine what makes Haut-Bailly special, interview Véronique Sanders about the estate and assess vintages over six decades.

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Just Try to Keep Up

featured, Italy: North

Eric Guido, Apr 2022

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is one of the most culturally and climatically diverse regions in Italy. It should come as no surprise that the region produces a vast range of wines as a result. From crisp varietal whites and richer blends, to wild, indigenous reds and extended skin-contact, amphora-aged wines, the wines of Friuli run the gamut. Quality can be variable, so readers must be selective.

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Unrivalled/ Unequalled: Yquem 1921–2019

France: Bordeaux, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Neal Martin, Apr 2022

Yquem is a Sauternes in a league of its own. As such, it deserves an in-depth article that delves deep into its history, viticulture and winemaking. Together with reviews spanning almost a century, this is a must-read for anyone who appreciates Yquem.