Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

Twenty-Five Years of Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: 1988-2013

First made in 1987, Don Melchor is Chile’s original icon wine. We recently tasted several vintages between 1988 and 2013 as part of our research for Report #60 Chile’s Premium Wine Revolution.  The surprising results of the tasting are given at … Continue reading

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The Farm Winery: 2013-14 New Releases from Paso Robles

These six new 2013 and 2014  releases from The Farm Winery in Paso Robles are terrific.  We are enthusiastic about them because they reveal outstanding vineyard management and restrained winemaking.   As a group these wines offer fruit forward purity, … Continue reading

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery: New Releases of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon

The Schug Carneros Estate Winery was founded by Walter and Gertrud Schug, originally from Germany.  Prior to establishing their family winery in the early 1980s, Walter worked for E&J Gallo and Joseph Phelps. During his tenure at Phelps, Walter made … Continue reading

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New Releases from Santa Clara Valley: Sarah’s Vineyard and Jason Stephens

The Santa Clara Valley  is  located in northern California at the south eastern end of  San Francisco Bay.  It is  famous for its electronics research and manufacturing  area,  Silicon Valley.   However, it is also known as the Valley of … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases and Virginia Dare’s The Lost Colony

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is among the few wineries in California that offer a wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices. Maintaining quality year after year is not an easy task, but Coppola manages to do so with … Continue reading

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Viña Ventisquero: Wines from Chile’s New Wine Frontiers

Viña Ventisquero is one of Chile’s top wineries leading the search for new terroirs in the Atacama Desert and elsewhere. We recently sat down with Felipe Toso, Ventisquero’s lead winemaker, to taste several new releases at Washington DC’s Rural Society … Continue reading

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French-Trained Chilean Winemakers: New Releases from Antiyal, Apaltagua, Domus Aurea, Maquis

No country in the Americas has been so strongly influenced by French winemaking as Chile. Aspiring Chilean winemakers go to France to study enology or work the harvests. And French winemakers and winemaking consultants go to Chile to make wine. … Continue reading

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Mendel Wines: New Releases from Mendoza

Mendel Wines combines old vines grown in the high altitude vineyards of Luján de Cuyo in Argentina with the impeccable winemaking talent of Roberto de la Mota.  Roberto de La Mota is no stranger to the International Wine Review. We’ve  … Continue reading

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The Farm Winery’s 2012 Releases  from Paso Robles

The Farm Winery is a boutique winery located in the Westside hills of the Paso Robles AVA that is producing small quantities of outstanding hand-crafted wines. We had the good fortune to taste their first three wines upon release in … Continue reading

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Outstanding Selections from Robert Mondavi’s To Kalon Vineyard

To Kalon is Napa Valley’s most famous, historical vineyard, and it produces some of California’s most outstanding wines, including several Robert Mondavi wines and Opus One. In this article, we review a selection of wines from Mondavi’s To Kalon vineyard. … Continue reading

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