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2011 and 2010 White Burgundies

By: Stephen Tanzer

The 2011 harvest for chardonnay in Burgundy took place roughly three weeks earlier than the previous year's, yet alcohol levels were modest and the wines will offer plenty of charm and early appeal.  In my extensive annual coverage of white Burgundy, my in-the-bottle notes on the 2010s should make it clear that this compelling vintage produced many splendid classic examples of white Burgundy.
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New Releases from Spain

By: Josh Raynolds

In his most comprehensive coverage to date of new releases from Spain, Josh Raynolds offers a truly alarming number of tasting notes on the very good to excellent 2009-2011 trio of vintages.  A trend toward elegance in Spain's more expensive wines, largely driven by changing consumer tastes, is resulting in some excellent minimal-intervention wines at extremely reasonable prices.  And Raynolds' tasting notes make it clear, once again, that Spain is the world's richest source for extraordinary red wine values.
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Tuscany Part 2: The Tuscan Coast, More Supertuscans et al

By: Ian D'Agata

In the second installment of his extensive coverage of Tuscany, Ian D'Agata takes an in-depth look at the wines of the Tuscan Coast, where sangiovese is NOT king.  And his report goes far beyond the excellent reds wines being made there from Bordeaux varieties and syrah, spotlighting the distinctive dry and sweet whites of this region as well.
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New Zealand Sauvignon and Pinot

By: Stephen Tanzer

America's thirst for New Zealand sauvignon blanc continues unabated, but you'll need this report to select the truly distinctive examples and skip the more generic and interchangeable bottlings.  This year's coverage of New Zealand features more new pinot noirs than ever before.
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