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In the March 31, 2017 Issue

The New Australia

A new landscape is emerging in Australian wine. The tidal wave of jammy reds and critter labels has receded, and today's winemakers are highlighting regionality, diversity, balance and elegance over extreme value or brute strength.

Oregon: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Oregon wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

2014 Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2014 Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Australia's Awakening - The new wave of terroir-driven, small-production bottlings is redefining the wine scene Down Under, as vintners move away from the jammy styles and innocuous value-blends the nation has been known for. Now, the challenge is to change the minds of consumers while fine-tuning Australia's wine identity
Regions to Watch - From Adelaide to Tasmania, we profile eight Australian wine regions that are delivering quality and distinctive character from a range of new and established producers

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Hear from some of Australia's iconic winemakers and those shaping the country's future. Prue and Stephen Henschke talk about how they manage the old vines at their famous Hill of Grace vineyard in Eden Valley. Embracing the trend toward crisp, elegant styles, Matt Fowles introduces the cool-climate Strathbogie Ranges in Victoria, known for Chardonnay and Shiraz. Watch these and many more Australia videos.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Explore the diversity of Australia's wine regions in the Shiraz Master Class with Michael Twelftree of Two Hands, which makes bottlings from Barossa, Clare Valley, Heathcote, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Padthaway. Watch the four-part series.

Features

Tasting Reports

Hat Trick - Oregon's Willamette Valley racks up three exceptional vintages in a row with the 2014s, '15s and '16s, offering top-tier Pinot Noir alongside a growing number of standout whites
FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing - More than 760 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
Newcomers at a Glance

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Learn about Oregon's signature grape varieties, wine styles, appellations and more from the winemakers themselves. Roco founder Rollin Soles introduces you to the Willamette Valley. Ponzi winemaker Luisa Ponzi explores the state's top whites: Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Ken Wright explains how geology shapes his different single-vineyard bottlings. Plus more from Archery Summit, Chehalem and other wineries. Watch them all.

Balance Restored - Bordeaux is in the right spot at the right time with the 2014 vintage, showcasing impressive reds and classic quality sweeties while keeping prices in check
FREE: 2014 Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing - More than 720 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
Wineries to Watch

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Pruning Young Vines: How and why are grapevines pruned in winter? Edouard Moueix explains the process on 4-year-old Merlot at Château Bélair-Monange in St.-Emilion.
Six Vintages of Château Lafite Rothschild: As Baron Eric de Rothschild and technical director Eric Kohler pour wines back to 1985, they tell the story of this great first-growth and its terroir.

Wine

Rocks Stars - The Reynvaan family has carved out a niche for Old World–style Syrah in Walla Walla, on the Washington-Oregon border. But they had to travel a rocky road to get there

Grapevine

FAQ: Barrels - Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

World

France Attempts to Define "Natural Wine"

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

Screaming Eagle Owner Buys a Stake in Burgundy
French Firm Buys Majority Stake in Montalcino's Historic Biondi-Santi Winery
In Memoriam: Debbie Lewis, Napa Star; Livio Felluga, Italian Trailblazer

Cheese

A Tasting Plate of Eight - Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.

Coffee

Roasting by Air

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast's columns and other articles about coffee.

Travel

Slopeside Dining at Beaver Creek

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Marvin R. Shanken - Australia Comes Back

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Bordeaux That Won't Break the Bank, Warming Winter Sipping, Sweet Treats

Columns

James Laube - The path to ripeness

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Chardonnay today

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Roasted Artichokes with a Spanish White

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE & HEALTH TIPS In "Hot Topics in Health," we share the past year's biggest news and most provocative questions regarding moderate drinking and its role in brain health, aging, diabetes, cancer and more. Keep on top of the latest research through our regular Health News reports, ask questions in Wine & Health Q&A and sign up for Wine & Healthy Living, our free twice-monthly e-mail newsletter.

VALENTINE'S DAY You know what that they say about the way to a man's heart... Whoever your partner is, we're sure they'll be impressed when you whip up a recipe from one of the country's top chefs, pull out the perfect wine pairing and wrap up with delicious chocolate treats or another favorite dessert. We've got everything you need to make your romantic day a success. And if dining out is more appealing than dining in, be sure to choose from the restaurants with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list.

NEED-TO-KNOW NEWS For wine lovers and the trade, our website is the place to go to find out which big-name wineries have been sold, the possible impact of Brexit on the wine market, who is being prosecuted for counterfeiting or other wine fraud, and much more. Keep up with our News section or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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