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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Vintages 2015, 2016 & 2017 Compared

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Last week, I participated in the annual Vintage Perspective Tasting put on by the Napa Valley Vintners. It includes three Cabernet Sauvignon wines from each of 15 different producers. Included are the current release, the previous release, and the vintage to be released the following year. This time, the vintages were 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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2017 Vintage in St. Helena & Highlights from its Recent AVA Tasting

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Last week I attended the Appellation St. Helena (ASH) tasting. It was a preview event for the Premiere Napa Valley Auction. Twenty-one St. Helena AVA member wineries poured current releases, auction lots, and the occasional library wine. I tasted all 61 wines. It doesn’t make sense to provide notes for all of those here, so I’ll hit the highlights and address the 2017 vintage which was that of the auction lots.

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Tasting Diversity: Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Terroir

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA is one of the world’s best-known and respected regions for Cabernet Sauvignon. But wines coming from different parts of Rutherford will vary substantially in character, even if made in the same style by the same producer. This article looks at that diversity through three wines.

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