Top five Opus One wines

The joint venture of Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One wines are coveted the world over for their quality and style. William Kelley gives us his top…

California, Windmill Ranch Vineyard

An early harvest produced a below-average crop of charming, supple and dark-fruited wines with refined tannins and juicy acidity; the best Pinot Noir vintage for over a decade...

California, Ridge Vineyards Klein Vineyard

A warm summer and a crop of small berries produced deeply concentrated, structured wines with amazing potential in the cellar; the best Cabernet Sauvignon vintage for decades...

California, Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello

Generous yields and a warm, uneventful growing season produced open-knit, ripe, fruit-driven wines which sometimes lack depth and complexity...

California, Sonoma County Fort Ross Seaview Vineyard

A cool and challenging growing season issued in vibrant, juicy, concentrated wines which marry considerable early appeal with structure for the cellar; Cabernet Sauvignon excelled...

USA, California, Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello

Torrential early-October rain interrupted a mild summer; producers who picked in time produced supple, generous wines...

California wines

Twenty years ago, I moved from New York City to the Napa Valley, in the sheer belief that living near vines would make me a better wine writer, and would…

Pali Wine Co Tower 15 Petite Sirah 2012

Pali Wine Co, Tower 15 Petite Syrah, Paso Robles, California, USA 2012 Rating: 17/20pts 100% Petite Syrah (known as Durif in other parts of the world) from a Paso Robles…

Coombsville, Napa Valley

Cathy Huyghe visits Coombsville, in the south east of Napa Valley, established as an AVA in 13 January 2012, where the climate is ideal for Bordeaux varieties.