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November 2017

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Although hardly obscure, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese never quite manage to find their names at the top of the marquee. They are responsible for important wines with distinct voices and virtues of their own and get a chance to shine in this issue. We will never tire of fine Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, but, as more and more inquisitive wine drinkers are discovering, there more than two bright stars in the red wine firmament.

Merlot is what you make of it, and there are dozens of talented producers making it very well. It is the headliner this month with nearly one-hundred wines winning recommendation, and, if you think that Merlot is a second-class grape, it is definitely time to think again.

Syrah's best makers have stubbornly refused to abandon it in favor of more fashionable varieties and continue to raise the bar with each vintage. This month, we check in on several dozen new offerings, some of which are highly collectable renditions that come from the top names in the business.

Tuscany's most widely planted grape has found a small but significant niche here in California and is proving its mettle in making wines that range from bright and fruity to weighty and remarkably rich. November's collection is as good as we can recall.

The world has awaken to the easy charms of good Rosé, but there are serious, surprisingly involving examples, such as the latest release from Blackbird reviewed in this issue, that go beyond being refreshing and fruity.

This month's edition of recommended wines includes high-achieving Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays as well as some especially well-made examples priced for everyday drinking, and Chenin Blanc proves hard to beat when it comes to outstanding value.




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