Wine Information

Wine Information
 
THE TOP 100
Robert Parker, who publishes the “The Wine Advocate” and who is considered to be one of the most respected wine experts in the world, uses a 100-point scale that is widely used in the wine world and is sometimes called the “Parker Scale”.

The “Wine Spectator” uses this 100-point scale in its ratings. They discuss their scale stating: “Ratings reflect how highly our editors regard each wine relative to other wines in its category and are based on potential quality-how good the wine will be when at its peak. The score summarizes a wine’s overall quality; the tasting note describes the wine’s style and character.” The wine scores reflect the following:

95-100 points Classic: a great wine
90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
85-89 Very Good: a wine with special qualities
80-84 Good: a solid, well-made wine
70-79 Average: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
60-69 Below average: drinkable but not recommended
50-59 Poor, undrinkable: not recommended

The main objective of looking at wine scores is to help us determine value. You want to find wines that are worth the price you pay for them, in your opinion. You would like to be able to find a wine to complement the food you are enjoying, at a reasonable price. You can find “deals” or at least value, if you know your wines.

The “Wine Spectator” just came out with their Top 100 Wines 0f 2013. Their editors blind tasted thousands of wines and those that received scores of 90 points or higher became candidates for their Top 100. They used four criteria to determine the final selections: “quality (as represented by score); value (as reflected by release price); availability (measured by case production, or, for international wines, the number of cases imported {into the US}); and an X-factor they call excitement.” They used no equations but the selections reflected their “judgment and enthusiasm about the wines ---.” We might disagree as to what wines should have been listed in the Top 100, but I have always found these wines to be very good and certainly interesting. Try them!

You can get the list on their web site: www.winespectator.com or more specifically:  Click on each wine and you can get the tasting notes. You can also purchase their December 31, 2013 issue of the “Wine Spectator” for tasting notes and a whole lot more information.

Here is the Top 10:

 

Rank

Year

Name of Wine

Score

Price

1

2004

Cune Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva

95

$63

2

2010

Château Canon-La Gaffelière St.-Emilion

96

$103

3

2010

Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evenstad Reserve

95

$65

4

2010

Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

95

$92

5

2010

Kongsgaard Chardonnay Napa Valley

95

$75

6

2008

Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Monprivato

95

$110

7

2010

Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

97

$120

8

2010

Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

96

$120

9

2010

Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

96

$135

10

2010

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

95

$135

 

 



 
 

 
     

 
 

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