December 2004


December 2004 Tastings

Letter from the Editor

Tasting Introduction

Shopper's Guide

Year's Best:
   Cabernets & Blends

Top Values

American Cabernet Sauvignon

2001 Bordeaux


American Sparkling



American New Releases

Imported New Releases

In This Issue:

The Douro by Rail
Peter Cobb takes a trip up Portugal's Douro River valley on the original wine train.

Rosé Three Ways
What are the basic styles of rosé Champagne? And is rosé the best Champagne for food? Peter Liem investigates.

The Great Unknowns
Many of Napa's highest-profile cabernet growers - once vineyard designates for some of California's most sought-after reds - are now starting to bottle their own. Patrick J. Comiskey reports.

The Portuguese Resistance
Touriga Nacional creates some of Portugal's greatest wines from rocky soils and blazing heat. Joshua Greene predicts touriga's international future.

Tinta de Toro: the Real Red Bull
Ray Isle heads to Spain's up-and-coming Toro region to get the story behind its powerful reds; with a side trip to neighboring Ribera del Duero.