2004 Marquis Philips Roogle Red
South Eastern Australia
Wine Rating: 75 biased rating – see later review
Wine Ministry – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Week 1, Thursday, Wine No. 2
At this point in the week, and with only a handful of us tasting on this Fourth of July, I think we have become snobs. We sipped this fairly well-rated wine, turned up our noses, and actually poured it out. We all agreed that it was the first real “dud” of this series of wine tastings.
Stay tuned on this wine, however. I resealed the bottle and we tried it again, blind, later in the week. The results were certainly interesting! We rated it significantly higher… So perhaps ignore this particular rating for this wine.
$9.99 widely available
Rating wines is absolutely subjective. The points (and even the tasting notes) ascribed to a particular wine are the opinions of the reviewer and reflect the rater’s own tastes, biases, and preferences. I make no claim to be able to give wines an objective tasting, review, or rating. If your palate and tastes are similar to mine then you’ll probably agree with my reviews. If, however, you prefer a different style of wine, you’ll most likely wonder which planet I have visited in order to give a particular score.
I’m good with this diversity of experiences of wine. In fact, I cherish it. But that’s the subject of a different blog post. For now, I want to give a brief summary of what the numbers mean to me. Here is the scale I use when rating wines. It reflects the scale used by most wine reviewers and what you’ll see on store shelves. I think it’s really funny that the scale really begins at 50. But as one who has continued academic study for most of my life, I’m familiar with odd grading/scoring scales… Here it is:
Extraordinary (96-100 points)
Very Good to Excellent (85-89)
Below average (70-74)
2004 Mommessin Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes – France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages
Wine Rating: 79 wine spectator 82
2007.06.21 – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Purchased to be a comparison for other wines in a tasting. Unfortunate. Simple and uninteresting. Not offensive, but the nose was tight with young fruit. In the mouth it was juicy and tight. Berry and herb flavors. Finish was short. Drinkable, but not repeatable.
$7.89 Dekalb Farmers Market, Decatur, GA