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April 2015

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Bordelaise reds are the focus of this month's issue, and Cabernet Sauvignon's position as California's most important red wine looks to be strengthened by the marvelous 2012 vintage. Merlot's star may be shining a little less brightly these days, but the variety can make serious and satisfying wines. And, while they are hardly new players in California, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are showing signs that they may be quietly emerging from the shadows.

Even before the first grapes were picked from the 2012 harvest, there was a palpable sense of excitement in wine country, and Cabernet Sauvignon is now adding another very strong voice to the chorus of success.

The richness and refined charms of top-flight Merlot are uniquely its own, and we cannot help but agree.

Whether made in a sturdy Bordelais style or in the lighter Loire Valley version, Cabernet Franc is gradually making a name for itself.

Malbec's claim to international fame is largely due its success in Argentina, but local efforts are finding their own signs of happiness here as well.

So far, rarely seen on wine labels, Petit Verdot can make dark, very solid, substantially tannic wines, but it is early days for the variety locally.

Syrah and Petite Sirah head up April's shopping list of noteworthy values, and they are joined by a raft of Chardonnay recommendations, some of which are nothing short of a bargain.



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