The 4 Wines of 2013

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California Cabernet

If one would need an example, myriad in fact, of wines they did not appreciate enough to warrant their purchase, one would only have to turn towards California, and Napa in particular. I wonder what the past two decades will look like from a historical perspective. Vast increases in the prices of many wines, driven by dubious ratings, and resulting in a ridiculous disparity between mature wines from great producers and vintages often being greatly discounted over more recent vintages. To a certain degree this has to do with the rampant grade inflation that has taken place over the past two decades among wine critics. Old vintages only got 92pts, while newer ones routinely get 96 or 97. A lot of people will argue that the overall quality of the wines have increased, which might be true if you think fruitier wines are necessarily better, but the truth remains; there were many, many delicious wines produced in California over the past several decades that today sell for peanuts.

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  • Re: Riojas. I've had many crianzas and reserves in the past decade and don't think the reserves scale proportionately tastewise vs price. In fact, I think some of the $ 13-18 formers are better than their $ 35-40 latters.

    Jan 04, 2013 at 1:41 AM

  • Snooth User: Juancar
    1167110 64

    Well I know very well the Riojas,and some like the Monte Real from Bodegas Riojanas don't have price,are wines excepcionals in all their dimension,when you can drink a wine with 15 years and don't feel that years in your palate this is a fantastic experience from wines that everybody like.

    Mar 05, 2013 at 8:20 PM

  • Snooth User: mark holys
    1176343 36

    Some of the best wine perspective and plain journalistic truth that I have read in some time. Of course, agreement does cloud objectivity, but as a wine professional in the restaurtant industry where revenue driven employers demand meeting 'the bottom line', I too have been relegated to schmuck status in the discharge of my responsibility to my client community in quality and value in my recommendations. I am impressed with Mr. Dal Piag's acuity and the depth of his global view. I pride myself in same and invite discussion regarding this topical theme.
    Mark-Steven Holys.,...LinkedIn

    Mar 08, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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