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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

Just because they’re expensive doesn’t mean they’re not worth owning. The superb 2007 vintage is already flooding the market with outstanding bottles, but it remains to be seen how many of them will find homes at today’s high prices. But there are still many relative values to be found, especially in Sonoma County chardonnay, pinot noir and syrah.
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The Top Clarets of 2006

By: Stephen Tanzer

This classic Bordeaux vintage has produced many outstanding bottles with good mid-term aging potential. Build your wish lists now but wait for the inevitable price cuts before pouncing on these wines, which are likely to give great pleasure while you wait for your 2005s to mature.
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Bordeaux '08: Far Better Than Expected

By: Ian D'Agata

Our correspondent describes the new vintage as one of the most pleasant surprises in decades for claret lovers given the mediocre summer of 2008. Significantly lower futures prices for these wines have also made 2008 potentially the best value in Bordeaux since at least 2002. D’Agata offers notes on his favorite wines by appellation, as well as on additional items likely to offer noteworthy quality for the price.
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Focus on Oregon Pinot Noir

By: Josh Raynolds

In his annual report on Oregon’s pinots, Josh Raynolds takes a critical look at the challenging 2007 vintage, a year that produced many lean, tart pinots but also a number that will be appreciated by Burgundy lovers for their finesse and precision. Raynolds also reviews numerous late-release prestige bottlings from vintage 2006.
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