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Focus on California's North Coast

By: Stephen Tanzer

Following the ripe, harmonious, beautifully balanced 2009s from California's North Coast, the mostly cooler growing season of 2010 yielded many aromatically fresh and sharply delineated that will please Europhiles.  But an intense, short heat spike in August added a touch of drama to the vintage.  In our most extensive report ever on Napa and Sonoma, we point you to the vintage's most successful wines and provide in-the-bottle notes on the outstanding cabernets of '09.
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Bordeaux 2011: Tales of Tannins and Terroir

By: Ian D'Agata

With the Bordelais showing serious indications of pricing sanity for their 2011 vintage, some of the wines from this very challenging cool, dry year may yet turn out to be good buys, even if there's little point in chasing them now.  In his annual coverage of claret, Ian d'Agata highlights the stars of the new vintage as well as many potential values from less-swanky appellations.
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Best New Releases from Chile

By: Josh Raynolds

The fruit struggled to ripen in Chile in the cool, challenging growing seasons of 2011 and 2010.  In his in-depth annual report on these wines, Josh Raynolds nonetheless uncovered many excellent values, particularly in varieties that rely on freshness, such as sauvignon blanc, riesling and pinot noir.
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