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The 2009 Clarets

By: Stephen Tanzer

Prices for new Bordeaux wines reached historically high levels for the widely hyped 2009 vintage.  In fact, the region's top collectible wines are mostly extraordinary in '09, even if they're beyond the means of most collectors.  But this splendidly fleshy, ripe and satisfying vintage can offer outstanding values if you're willing to venture beyond the swanky addresses.
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Focus on Oregon Pinot Noir

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds reports that the very late, cool growing season of 2010 produced bright, succulent, energetic pinot noirs that will appeal especially to Burgundy lovers.  His annual coverage of this category also includes notes on some very rich late releases from 2009s, which should offer pleasure while you wait for your 2010s and 2008s to mature.
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Tuscany Part 1: Chianti, Vino Nobile and Supertuscans

By: Ian D'Agata

Italian wine expert D'Agata describes this year's crop of releases from Chianti, Montepulciano and Carmignano as the most impressive line-up of Tuscan wines he has tasted in some time, with many entry-level Chiantis from 2010 and 2009 offering especially lovely sangiovese character, often at extremely reasonable prices.

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Brunello di Montalcino 2007 and 2006 Riserva

By: Stephen Tanzer

Following on the heels of the classic, firmly structured 2006s, the 2007 vintage in Montalcino produced fleshy, generous, ripely tannic Brunellos that will offer uncommon early pleasure along with the depth of material for at least mid-term aging.  I was a happy camper in recent weeks tasting this satisfying new vintage along with dozens of riserva bottlings from 2006.
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Chablis 2011 and 2010

By: Stephen Tanzer

The very difficult growing season of 2011 has proven to be a pleasant surprise for Chablis, as the best producers have managed to make fruity, supple wines with the mineral and soil tones that makes Chablis so distinctive.  My annual coverage of Chablis also features my notes on the very concentrated, dense, ripe 2010s, a vintage that is sure to please long-time Chablis lovers and neophytes alike.
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Best New Releases from Australia

By: Josh Raynolds

The strong Australian currency has caused many American importers of Australian wines to cut back severely on their selections in recent vintages.  But as Josh Raynolds reports in his annual coverage of the category, that stricter selection has significantly raised the consumer's odds of finding an excellent bottle.
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