Stephen Brook

Stephen Brook

Stephen Brook has been a contributing editor to Decanter since 1996 and has won a clutch of awards for his writing on wine. The author of more than 30 books, his works include Complete Bordeaux, now the definitive study of the region and in its second edition, and The Wines of California, which won three awards. His most recently published book, The Finest Wines of California, is his third on Californian wine. Brook also fully revised the last two editions of Hugh Johnson’s Wine Companion, and he writes for magazines in many countries.

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Masseto 2007

Thirty years after its first vintage, this 100% Merlot continues to stand apart from its Bolgheri neighbours as an exceptional single-vineyard expression. The key is in the individuality of the…

De Bortoli, Noble One 1982.

Although Australia has a long tradition of sweet wine production (mostly fortified), Noble One, first made in 1982 and labelled as ‘Sauternes’ until 1990...

Reserve Wine

The tendency in California is to create Reserve wine rather than Bordeaux-style second wines, but there are exceptions. At Francis Ford Coppola’s magnificent Inglenook estate in Rutherford, he created Rubicon…

Hanzell, Sebella Chardonnay 2014

Somewhat restrained on the nose, as a consequence of some bottle shock. However, the palate is rich and broad, giving a weighty style that’s balanced by sufficient acidity to keep…

Bordeaux 2014 to buy

All of the wines here were tasted at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tasting in London in October 2016. ‘Not all 2014s will suit long cellaring, but many…