Wine Scores and Ratings
Posted 13 September 2004 - 06:37 AM
Do Italian winemakers pay as much attention to these ratings as the French (Robert Parker), Americans, Australians, etc.
Posted 16 September 2004 - 06:53 AM
I find guides or winejournals very useful when you begin to discover a wine zone in which you don't have points of reference.When my passion brought me into the always difficult "universe" of French wines, the first thing that I did was to buy every guide, journal that could talking about it.After the first great wines and the first big delusions, I choose what was made for my taste and the next year I bought only one guide.....I am still continuing to buy it, but also if my favourite producer of Cote de Nuits doesn't deserve a 9 from Bettane, believe me, If I like it I will buy it!
This is to say that journals, ratings, guide must be a complement to your knowledge about wine; what matter is only your own palate and your taste.
Of course, Italian producers do pay attention to these ratings(do you remember when I said that the "Tre Bicchieri" pushed everyone here to do better and better?),in some cases they can really move the market in a certain direction!
It's undeniable that also for my wines in the US,the good ratings from Parker and WS helped us a lot.
I'm happy, always, for a good ratings, but, really, believe me when I say that I don't choose the vinification or the wood in function of the actual state of mind
of a journalist or following some marketing strategies!
It's not serious, and it's very dangerous.(not to say a little boring, too...)
Azienda Agricola Sottimano, Barbaresco (Neive)