Sep 07 2010
Wine reviews are generally standardized around a 100-point scale: Robert Parker (pictured above), Steven Tanzer, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast all use it to convey a bottle’s worth, or worthlessness—50 points is usually scraping the bottom of the wine barrel.
It’s an easy system for any wine drinker to wrap their palates around, and is wide enough to encompass fine gradations in quality. It’s reflective of wine itself, assessing subtle flavors, and the winemaker’s goals within the context of the vintage and the growing region, instead of a simple “drink/dump” rating.
The unwritten magic number for a wine to achieve is 90 points or more. It’s similar to a .300 batting average in baseball—the benchmark that separates great from good, the peak from the pack, and masterful from middle-of-the-road.
Here at Just Grapes, we always let you know who our 90-point performers are, and right now, you can get up to 20% off of our 90-point inventory. Click here to see our full 90+ point list, then stop by to fortify your wine rack with some powerful performers, including:
92 Pts – Robert Parker
The 2005 Jersey Boy is the first art label release from Erna Schein. It is a cross-county, garnet/ruby-colored blend exhibiting an exotic nose of mahogany, cocoa, perfume and orchids. This well-balanced wine is rich without being heavy and displays dark fruits such as black berries, ripe plum and huckleberries. One of the most complete wines of the vintage for Erna Schein, it’s solid, “sweet” core lasts throughout the palate and is further facilitated by super-fine tannins and a long, steady finish. Rather well-polished for a “Jersey Boy.”
90 Pts – Steven Tanzer
Pale salmon skin color. Complex nose combines strawberry preserves, ginger, molasses, nutmeg, flowers and earth. Bright, penetrating flavors of strawberry, raspberry and flowers, with complicating notes of smoke and minerals. A dense, saline Champagne with noteworthy flavor authority and length.
90 Pts – Wine Spectator
Dark, polished and well-focused to show plenty of dark berry, currant, espresso and lightly herbal flavors, lingering against smooth tannins on the long, vivid finish.
93 Pts – Wine Enthusiast
Quite a good Chardonnay, made from Freestone’s vineyards in the chilly southwestern part of the appellation, where coastal winds sweep in. Acidity and minerality give structure to the pineapple, honeysuckle, crème brûlée and buttered toast flavors. Drink this elegant wine now with upscale fare.