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Chablis 2009 and 2008

By: Stephen Tanzer

Chablis has enjoyed a string of very good to excellent vintages recently, with the pure, austere, connoisseur's vintage of 2007 followed by the similarly classic 2008s, which offer more density and ripeness to go with their minerality and brisk acidity. On my recent tour of Chablis I discovered the very rich, fruit-driven 2009s, from a very warm, dry year most growers describe as "a vintage of pleasure." The current issue features in-depth coverage of 2009 and 2008.
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Oregon Pinot Noir

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds reports that the virtually rain-free harvest of 2008 has produced wonderfully appealing pinots that are up to the early hype. But on his spring tour of the best Oregon addresses he was also impressed with the top late releases from the trickier 2007 growing season, which rewarded late pickers with elegant, "Burgundian" wines that are likely to surprise with their ageworthiness.
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Chianti, Vino Nobile and Super-Tuscans

By: Ian D'Agata

Our Italian correspondent focuses on Tuscany's generally fleshy, forward 2007s and more refined and often austere 2006s, which he believes are the region's best pair of back-to-back vintages since the 1980s. Coverage of Brunello di Montalcino will follow shortly on the IWC site.
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2007 Bordeaux : Don't Hate Me Because I'm Overpriced

By: Stephen Tanzer

These attractive, elegantly styled wines are true to their sites and should offer the advantage of relatively early accessibility. Unfortunately, the top names opened at absurdly high prices in the spring of 2008. Use our notes on the best wines to build your shopping list for the inevitable price cuts to come.
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New Releases from Australia

By: Josh Raynolds

While Australia as a category has struggled in the market the past few years, American wine lovers have never been more spoiled for choice than they are right now. Josh Raynolds offers tasting notes on the best new releases, including many excellent bottles available for $20 or less.
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