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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending events affecting the retail wine market.
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2010 Red Burgundies

By: Stephen Tanzer

Following the fleshy, very ripe and sometimes overhyped 2009s from a warm dry year, vintage 2010 has yielded classic red Burgundies with a capital C.  These densely packed but elegant, aromatically complex wines, with their perfumed mineral, floral and fruity high notes; their transparency to site and their pliant yet taut middle palates and suave tannins, will be must purchases for serious Burgundy lovers with deep pockets.
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2010 and 2009 Southern Rhone Wines

By: Josh Raynolds

A small crop and a consistently warm growing season without extreme heat yielded another superb set of wines in the southern Rhone Valley in 2010.  This is a rare vintage whose better examples offer both power and finesse, and the wines have the structure, depth and vivacity for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. 
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Germany 2010

By: Joel B. Payne

Our German correspondent Joel B. Payne reports that the cool, classic, high-acid 2010 harvest yielded a very small crop with an unusually wide range of quality. But the best rieslings, mostly picked late, combine uncanny vitality with off-the-charts concentration levels.
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