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Wine Numerical Ratings vs Price

zackly | Apr 5, 201506:23 AM

I find wine rating scores confusing. I see wines in the same generic classification (varietal or blends) from the same vintage vary wildly in price but not in assigned numerical score. For example, a 2009 California Cab has a rating of 91 (Robert Parker) and a price of $80.00 while another 2009 California Cab from a winery up the road has a rating of 90 and a price of $18.00. Is the more expensive wine only marginally better or are wines graded with price also being a consideration, where higher priced wines from well-regarded producers are judged more critically? I don’t think this is supposed to be the case. Who among us would buy the $80.000 wine when you can get just about as good a wine for $18.00?

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