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August 2016

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Cabernet Sauvignon is often called California's greatest success story when it comes to producing truly great wine, and this month a raft of new releases from the much-heralded 2013 vintage confirms local Cabernet's place as being among the very best in the world. Our August survey of Sauvignon Blancs from 2014 and a few from before reinforces our long-held belief that Sauvignon Blanc is not only a value leader in white wines but that it can also that it can produce wines of surprising richness and range, and we close out this issue with a lengthy look at the distinctive Sauvignon Blancs of New Zealand.

Winemaker optimism for Cabernet over the last several years is proving to be justified, and the remarkable success of the 2012 harvest has clearly been repeated in 2013. Both vintages are responsible for an absolute bounty of first-rate bottlings, and this month we report on some of the best.

Sauvignon Blanc ranks with the most versatile, food-friendly white wines to be had and is a welcome guest at the table with everything from delicate shellfish to flavorful poultry preparations, and, as our latest tastings of recent releases once again confirms, it delivers plenty of bang for the buck.

Every so often we like to pause and have a look at what the rest of the world is doing with the classic varieties by way of better understanding the larger global fine wine scene and California's place within it, and we turn our attention to New Zealand with a feature on the country's justifiably popular Sauvignon Blancs.

Good values abound in Syrah, Chardonnay and Rosés made from a wide range of different grapes, and our quick review of Best Buys highlights many that offer remarkable quality at the price.

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