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May 2017

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Chardonnay and Zinfandel get equal billing on this month's marquee, and the latest batch of new arrivals from an unheralded run of very good vintages beginning in 2012 shows each to be in fine form. We also take a moment to check in on how some older Zins from 2007 are doing, and, while our faith in Zinfandel's ability to age is once again affirmed, we must admit that this particular portfolio of ten-year-old lovelies exceeded even our expectations.

Chardonnay has many faces and defies simple description. As California growers and vintners continue to explore what is possible, the state's most popular variety shows no signs of losing its luster, and the number of fine bottlings likewise continues to grow.

Zinfandel has long been and remains a source of tasty red wines that afford noteworthy value, but the best of the bunch are deep, decidedly complex, well-structured wines that deserve to be taken more seriously than they are.

We have always known that well-made Zinfandel can age and achieve great beauty over time, and it turns out that a good many of those from the outstanding 2007 harvest are doing splendidly as they begin their second decade of life.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot head up our latest installment of recommended wines that earn an extra round of applause for their affordability, and they are joined in May by recent white Rhône favorites that excel in delivering pleasures aplenty at easy-to-like prices.




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