J. Vidal Chateauneuf du Pape 2006

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NOTES: This wine has an elegant cherry cola nose and a brick-ish color.  This Rhone classic is soft on the palate and shows darker fruits with good minerality and bright acidity that play out in a balanced and well organized ...

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

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The 2007 Cotes du Rhone from Vidal-Fleury seriously outperforms its price point.  At about $13-$15 there is hardly a wine that would do a better job.

NOTES: Ripe blackberry nose smells like blackberry pie ...

Solomon Hills Chardonnay 2008

This is the first release from the Miller Family's estate vineyards.  They have extensive land holdings in the Central Coast including the Bien Nacido Vineyard, French Camp Vineyard, and Solomon Hills Vineyard.  This is a small production wine (several hundred cases) that consists of best lot selection from the Solomon ...

How to Navigate a Trade Tasting

There are as many opinions on this subject as there are people at a wine tasting.  There is no 'right answer', but there are strategies that can be useful.  As a starting point, it makes sense to know why you are going to the event; am I a supplier trying ...

CabCritic issues wine club shipment

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At CabCritic, we try to help you understand, explore and appreciate wine.  It is mission critical that each bottle you take home with you is interesting and tells you a story.  The most recent shipment of wine has some classics, as well as some quagmires.  If you missed out and ...

Rene Noel Legrand, Saumur Champigny, Les Lizieres 2006

This wine is from the Loire Valley in France.  Wines from Saumur Champigny are Cab Franc based and can have Cabernet Sauvignon and Pineau d'Aunis.

This wine has a very light and interesting nose, in a way that only southern French wines can pull off with charm.  It has deep red ...

Barrack’s Piocho 2007 gives us a look at Happy Canyon

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Here is a wine that comes out swinging.  Santa Ynez Valley is home to the one of the smallest and newest AVA in

America; Happy Canyon.  At least I'm pretty sure it is still the smallest and newest at this point.  The Piocho label from Barrack is a great way to ...

Dan Berger’s ‘The Collapse of Cabernet’

If you don't keep an eye out for Dan Berger's articles at The Napa Valley Register, you should make sure to try and do so.  He's always an interesting read and bringing up salient conversations.  The Collapse of Cabernet article is no exception.

Mr. Berger's ...

Runaway Red 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir

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The back label on this wine tells a funny story... or at least one that's funny when you know how it ends.  The name 'Runaway Red' apparently came from an expedition that this single barrel ...

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CabCritic is intended to help facilitate the education and discovery of Cabernet Sauvignon wines, their producers and the regions that these wines come from.  The wine world is huge, so we are going to try and focus on one specific sector - Cabernet.

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