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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market:
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The Annual Red Bordeaux Report

By: Stephen Tanzer

The virtually perfect growing season of 2005 has resulted in one of the great Bordeaux vintages of the past generation, and the best wines offer a rare combination of vibrant aromatic character and thorough ripeness of both merlot and cabernet. My annual report includes early tasting notes on all of the most important 2005s, as well as new notes on the classically built 2004s and the flamboyantly rich but often extreme 2003s.
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Focus on California's North Coast

By: Stephen Tanzer

My in-depth coverage of the best new and upcoming wines from Northern California focuses on the fleshy, superripe 2004s and the more structured and slowly evolving 2003s, two sets of wines whose often high alcohol levels were largely caused by September heat spikes that occurred toward the end of mostly moderate summers.
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Focus on Oregon Pinot Noir

By: Josh Raynolds

The IWC's most extensive report yet on Oregon pinot noir focuses on the classic, ageworthy 2004s and the superripe, outsized 2003s, and includes coverage of a number of new rising stars.
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