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2011 Napa Vintage Preview with a Glance Back at California Futures


In checking out our most popular blogposts, this one focusing on the 2011 cabernets from California is one of our most read essays so with those wines now arriving, we thought it would be a good opportunity to revisit this topic!

Terroir and the Art of Assemblage: Vieux Chateau Certan


2011 is decidedly not 2010 or 2009, yet from our week of intensive tastings in Bordeaux, it is clear that Pomerol is at the least, one of the standouts of the appellation and the vintage. Might cabernet franc play a role?

A First Look at 2011 Vintage Ports: Part 1


2011 was the first broadly declared year for vintage ports since 2007. This is the first of a two-part blogpost on the new vintage and new developments in the world of vintage port.

Popping the Cork on 2011


Following our regularly scheduled inventory at the start of the year, JJ Buckley has officially put 2010 to bed and jumped into 2011 feet first. 2010 proved itself to be a great year for wine, with exceptional pricing and more selection than ever before, making it a winning situation for consumers. Already, the new year looks as if it will continue onwards in the same vein.

"Islands of Happiness" at L'Eglise Clinet


As we packed our three cars and made our annual migration from the Left Bank over to the Right for our last days in Bordeaux, we put together the mosaic of the 2011 Bordeaux vintage. Although weather patterns can tell part of the story, there is no substitution for one-on-one conversations with vignerons, and, of course, tasting the actual wines.

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