FrontRunners April 2015: Cosmic Cuvée

Our minds are trained from an early age to discover unity in the universe’s infinite multiplicity, and this tendency persists even in the small cosmos of wine, whose inhabitants seem preoccupied with the process of separation. Vintners divide regions into appellations, vineyards into blocks and micro crus, but their ultimate goal is to assemble the […]

Best of the Best 2011: Domestic Red Wines: Jaffurs 2008 Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah

A decade and a half ago, Santa Barbara County’s wine industry went through a period of adjustment, as many vintners who had attempted to replicate Napa Valley’s success with Bordeaux-style wines discovered that the climate did not cooperate. Grad­ually, producers turned their attention to the heartier Rhône varietals, which—along with Chardonnay and pockets of Pinot […]

Justin 2008 Focus

IN 1981, Deborah and Justin Baldwin purchased 160 acres in the Adelaide hills west of Paso Robles, Calif., intending to produce central coast interpretations of first-growth wines from Bordeaux. Justin made its reputation largely on Isosceles—a Pauillac-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc—and Justification, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Yet the […]

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