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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market:
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Focus on California's North Coast

By: Stephen Tanzer

Our most extensive coverage to date of the wines of California’s North Coast focuses on vintages 2006 and 2005—two moderate growing seasons that bucked the trend toward global warming. These vintages yielded many more vibrant, intensely flavored, complex and well-balanced wines than did the hotter years earlier this decade—not to mention plenty of excitement for lovers of chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah and cabernet-based wines.
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Focus on Oregon Pinot Noir

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds heard the buzz about Oregon’s 2006 crop of pinots but he gives the edge to the subtler, more delicate and intriguing crop of 2005s, from a cooler growing season. Still, he reports, the much warmer summer of 2006 produced rich, fruit-driven pinot noirs with great early charm. His newest report includes more Oregon wineries and wines than ever before.
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2007, 2006 and 2005 Bordeaux

By: Stephen Tanzer

Following a mostly miserable growing season, the 2007 crop in Bordeaux was saved by miraculous weather in September and October. But how good are these wines, and will they be worth their high prices? Our in-depth annual report on claret offers notes on all of the most important ’07s and takes another look at the 2006s—classic and cellarworthy in the northern Médoc—and the 2005s in bottle, a consistently superlative vintage that has produced more than its share of monumental wines.
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