December 2003

December 2003 Tastings

Letter from the Editor

Tasting Introduction

Shopper's Guide

Top Values

American Cabernet Sauvignon


2000 Bordeaux

Barolo & Barbaresco

German Riesling

American New Releases

Imported New Releases

In This Issue:

Riesling Radicals

Austrian rieslings climbed towards super-ripeness in the nineties. Now top producers are returning to more traditional styles. Philipp Blom finds out why.


Rod Smith searches out the elusive "Rutherford dust" in wines from Napa Valley's cabernet heartland.

Portugal's Limestone Coast

The wines of Bairrada are some of Portugal's finest reds. Joshua Greene delves into the unusual character of baga.


If amarone is Italy's richest, blackest wine, does the place where it's grown make the difference? David Lynch investigates terroir in Valpolicella.

Margaux: Back in the Game

Château Margaux 2000 may be the wine of the vintage in Bordeaux. But what about the rest of the appellation? Fiona Morrison, M.W., reports on which châteaux are the ones to watch.