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Reviewed By ccwinemaker Winemaker
James Laube's turned out to be a great writer in my opinion. I just read a copy of the story he wrote in the I think the October 15 Wine Spectator. He wrote a story about Robert Mondavi Winery, and Robert which I asked the question, 'if Robert Mondavi can fall from grace what about others?' He mentioned quality falling correctly. I hope he follows up in his book where I sense he has more freedom to work as an investiagor to say, 'Robert Mondavi is the case history of a modern winery, a port modernist reacking back to the previous era, to make a company in the mid-1970s who failed to solve the problem of how to simultaneously increase price, volume AND quality. Cheers to Jame Laube.
As the years go by, I must say that James Laube has proven to be the single best american critics when it comes to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. I think he correctly found upstarts Pride and Lewis. I hope he finds newcomers such as O'Shaunessey. He is quite capable of detecting lower quality wines and winemakers. I think his slam on Melka was excellent. And I do hope that he drops Dominus, Screaming Eagle, to 89-points.
Good or bad this is one of the only reference like books on California wine wirtten by a Californian. Do I like the copy, not especially significant, but we need a reference with ratings. This is the best one so far because James Laube is a sensitive taster when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon. The ratings for Syrah are not so good in the 1994 version, but improved with later versions. This is a good ratings reference.
Reviewed By Elin McCoy Other
It is fairly comprehensive, but it's copy is predictable wine-speak; and I find myself in disagreement with quite alot. I feel he is a good taster; and my sense is that he has favorites. However I refer to this occasionaly for basic overview information about California wines.