I just read Asimov's piece this morning. He seems to be saying that there's no point in critics rating wines in order to help consumers make their own decisions; that writers should just encourage people to learn for themselves. While the latter may be worthwhile goal, I wouldn't abandon the idea of (competent) professional reviews with ratings or points.crickey wrote: ↑June 18th, 2019, 12:54 pmI was exaggerating for effect, but I think you are missing the forest for the trees. The point of Asimov's article is that tasting notes a la Parker (it was sort of a valedictory article on Parker's retirement) are not useful, and that wine writing should try to create enthusiasm rather than try to describe a wine.John Morris wrote: ↑June 18th, 2019, 12:28 pmOr they're trying to be quoted in shelf-talkers to built the publication's brand, which they can capitalize on through sponsored events, or whatever. That's the only explanation I can see for every review ending with "Don't miss it!" or the like. Parker, to his credit, always seemed to be writing to wine buyers, while many "critics" today write as if they're in the PR and marketing departments of wineries.
Which raises another question: When was the last time Galloni or LPB said that a wine sucked? I guess Galloni dissed one vintage at Giacosa, didn't he?
Asking when LPB or Galloni dissed a wine is a little unfair, as they don't generally publish bad reviews. The lowest score I found in a quick search from LPB was a 79. In Galloni's 2018 Bordeaux review, the lowest score was 78-80. That's why it was when in Josh Raynolds recent review of Oregon Pinots, there were two 55-pointers and a 56-pointer. One of them: "Unnervingly thick and slimy in texture, with stewed dark fruit flavors that don't let up. I imagine that this is what berry-flavored Jeppson's Malort® would taste like. Takes Pinot Noir to another level. On the plus side, it is probably indestructible." It had a drinking window of 2050-2095. Other than the WTF reviews, the next lowest was an 87.
I don't subscribe to any of these reviewers, so I only get the positive notes that retailers use. I'd love to read those LPB and Galloni notes for wines under 80.
And I love that Raynolds note! That's actually helpful. And certainly not dull or blathery.