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    James Molesworth joined Wine Spectator in 1997 as tasting coordinator and was promoted to senior editor in 2004. He is lead taster for California Cabernet, France’s Bordeaux, Rhône Valley and Loire Valley regions, and Port.

    A native New Yorker, Molesworth was raised by parents who loved wine and entertained often. He studied anthropology and Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and, after graduating, landed his first job with a Manhattan specialty wine retailer, Burgundy Wine Company. He later became cellarmaster, and then sommelier, at the '21' Club.

    Based in Wine Spectator’s New York office, Molesworth travels regularly to Napa, Bordeaux and the Rhône to taste and visit wineries. When he’s not tasting or writing, he’s usually listening to his vinyl collection or hitting the gym.

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James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  6 Wines  from  1 Producers 

M. Chapoutier Ermitage L'Ermite 2010 – Stunning, with a seemingly bottomless well of blackberry confiture, plum sauce and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors allied to an intense wrought-iron spine that lends an authoritative feel through the finish. An intense, strident, supremely confident rendering of terrific terroir in a superb vintage. 

4m 21d ago

James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  11 Wines  from  4 Producers 

Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (96p) – Very pure, with a piercing edge to its racy cassis, plum and blackberry coulis flavors, this moves along authoritatively while staying relatively light on its feet, with violet, savory and iron threads lining the mouthwatering finish. Beautifully rendered wine that should age gracefully.

5m 19d ago

James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  47 Wines  from  1 Producers 

Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique 2015 weighty for a Riesling, with a rounded feel and layers of creamed yellow apple, white peach and persimmon flavors. Delivers energy and cut throughout, with lemon pith, citrus oil and chamomile accents filling in. Shows length and range through the finish. 

6m 11d ago

Pinot Noir Sawmill Creek Vineyard 2016, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Freese Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Pinot Noir Leidenfrost Vineyard 2016, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Les Alliés 2014, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Railroad Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Peach Orchard Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Classique 2017, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Breakneck Creek Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Caywood Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Classique 2014, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Les Alliés 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Caywood Vineyard 2015, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Sunrise Hill Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Leidenfrost Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Leidenfrost Vineyard 2016, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling 2014 Harvest Ridge Vineyard 2014, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Leidenfrost Vineyard 2017, Forge Cellars
Pinot Noir Les Alliés 2015, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Navone Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Railroad Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Classique 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Freese Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Classique 2015, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Breakneck Creek Vineyard 2017, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Les Alliés 2016, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Wagner Caywood East 2016, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Sunrise Hill Vineyard 2014, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Les Alliés 2013, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Leidenfrost Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Sawmill Creek Vineyard 2015, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Bellows Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Les Alliés 2015, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Leidenfrost Vineyard 2015, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Sawmill Creek Vineyard 2016, Forge Cellars
Pinot Noir Tango Oaks Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Navone Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Peach Orchard Vineyard 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Peach Orchard Vineyard 2017, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Classique 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Classique 2016, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Breakneck Creek Vineyard 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Caywood Vineyard 2016, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Classique 2011, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Wagner Caywood East 2019, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Les Alliés 2018, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Les Alliés 2012, Forge Cellars
Dry Riesling Willow 2019, Forge Cellars

James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  12 Wines  from  1 Producers 

The 2016 Monte Bello is plush and dense, but with its typically distinct racy edge for counterbalance, with a massive core of dark plum and blackberry fruit scored by bay, sage and violet notes. It’s among the best young Monte Bellos I’ve had.

7m 22d ago

James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  17 Wines  from  17 Producers 

Château Lafite 2016 / This offers the best of both sides of Pauillac, with a deep, deep well of dark currant, fig, blackberry and black cherry paste flavors forming a lush side while a series of I-beams made of graphite and iron provide the rigid structure. The two sides meld, pulling in extra sweet tobacco, smoldering cast iron, juniper and savory notes on the finish, leaving a mouthwatering feel. A real stunner. Best from 2025 through 2045.

1y 7m ago

James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  5 Producers 

Cockburn's Vintage Port 2017 / Packed with creamed blueberry, açaí berry and boysenberry fruit and carried by waves of velvety structure and warm fruitcake notes, this is showy in style, featuring an embedded graphite spine, alluring spice details and a flash of floral nuance through the finish, imparting superior range and length. Best from 2032 through 2050

2y 22d ago

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