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Parker rejects the concept of “Parkerized wines”

 TAGS:Sometimes the power and influence that reach experts in specific disciplines – in this case the world and culture of wine – can lead to rather curious situations. In fact, in a recent interview given to the French magazine Terre de Vins, wine critic Robert Parker has been forced to comment on the growing buzz, (considered as a truth by many media) that certain winemakers adapt their products to the personal taste of the same Parker to eventually become one of the Wines Parker 100 +, since he is one of the most authoritative voices of the international winemaking.

This phenomenon, which has been called “Parkerisation” would imply that some wineries attach much importance to the critical verdicts (on the other hand, and this is absolutely true, they can multiply the value of a wine or depreciate it tremendously); even worth, it implies that some of them adapt it to Parker?s personal tastes. He did not agree with this assumption, explaining that it had no basis in reality.

Parker likes to define its tastes as “complex and varied”, something that would be impossible to reproduce. According to him, the desire of manufacturers to release a certain style of wine with powerful and mature taste is unreal, and if so, well it would be unnecessary and absurd. The reviewer ensures that its preferences are not as simple as that, but spread across a wide range of varieties which can include “from the delicacy and elegance of a Château Pape-Clément to the rich creaminess of Petrus or Trotanoy“.

In that interview, the American critic ensures that, in his opinion, the Bordeaux region is one that has one of the best quality-price ratio across the international market, providing the significant fact that when he started his activity in the late 70s that region would only count with 35 world-class wines, a figure that today could easily multiply by 10, indicating, however that it is probably the less known names that create the greatest treasures, citing Côtes de Bordeaux and satellite districts of Saint-Emilion as clear examples of this excellence.

Are you curious about Parker scores? Today we recommend two Parker 95 + wines:

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Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001



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San Román 2009

Don’t believe the wine experts…

 TAGS:I keep defending my theory, shared by many, that you do not need to believe the wine experts (you don?t really have to listen to their advice) in order to buy the best wine, which is none other than the one you personally like most, we are thus subjective.

But marketing is a powerful tool that has helped brands and wineries which have had the good fortune of having taking a shine to the trend expert to get amazing benefits from it. That?s the trick.

Not that these critics and experts try to cheat or manipulate us, but the truth is that you cannot compare. The thing is that we are talking about people who are used to tasting wine. Privileged ones who have the chance to taste different types of wine (and usually all very good) every week, even every day.

Wine tasters in many cases also have an education that enables them to carry out their professional activity under that intellectual baggage that makes them get to understand even better what they are about to taste.

We mortals are lucky if we can vary often regarding wine brands, if we can try something new and we can feel even more fortunate when we get surprise with the release of that wine which we have decided that we will venture to buy.

So the summary of all the weapons we have to review a wine would be: an untrained palate: due to the lack of variety we are used to; difficulty recognizing nuances: because of our generally poor education as far as regards wines and grapes, and the most determinant variable of all: that everyone appreciates things differently (call it wines, colours, smells, etc…)

It has been shown that experts are able to recognize wine flavours and aromas where others find none or only a very slight perception. It is a biological difference, but it is also true that the culture and practice will help improving it.

So we should not be afraid of choosing our own wine instead of letting another well ? known or bombastic named man, who we don?t have the pleasure to meet, who chooses it for us. And if what we aspire to is to that elite of wine connoisseurs and experts, it is best to start practicing right now and not to be afraid to trying something new, instead of always buying those two or three brands we know for sure that we like, to avoid risk.