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July 2018

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It is true that good wine knows no season, and fine Chardonnay and Rosé are welcome at any time of the year, but both come into their own with the lighter meals that the long days of summer commend and are the focus of this month's edition. We take time as well for a cameo look at the soon-to-arrive 2015 red wines from several dozen of the leading Châteaux of Bordeaux and find that, while many are ambitiously priced, they are as a whole an exceptional lot that stands comfortably alongside their equally impressive cousins from California.

Well-crafted Chardonnay remains the richest of all the world's important white wines, and the California version just seems to keep getting better and better with a succession of very favorable vintages. This, the second of our two-part survey begun in June includes a host of superlative versions that Chardonnay lovers will not want to miss.

There may be no better wine than West Coast Rosé for those looking to drink fresh, local and affordable as the mercury begins to rise. The market's thirst for pink has been unquenchable of late, and, as this month's roster of nearly seventy new releases attests, the proliferation of tasty examples from wineries of all stripes and sizes has been nothing less than remarkable.

Not every vintage in Bordeaux works out to vintners' satisfaction, but 2015 brought plenty of smiles to the faces of vignerons throughout the region and has yielded a considerable number of excellent Cabernet- and Merlot-based bottlings that hit the mark smartly in terms of structure while showing more fruity depth than in any year since 2010.

The focus on fine value shifts to Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc in July, and there more than a few eye-opening offerings whose quality far exceeds what their comparatively modest price tags might lead one to expect.

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