Recently, The New York Times published an article about how critics and consumers should broaden their qualifications when evaluating a great vintage. All too often, a difficult growing season will cloud judgment and send a wine to the bargain bins. But critics pegged Northern California wines in 2011 as a lost year. Yet was it? Many notable producers were able to make wines that have since been mentioned as exceptional, surpassing "better" vintages based on their response to the circumstances. Read more here.