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Wines with biggest rating differences!

Charles Yu | Sep 4, 201106:50 PM

Years ago, I bought the 1988 Mouton Rothchild based on Wine Spectator's perfect 100 pts rating. After investing in the wine, a few months down the road, I was stunned to see Robert Parker gave it a meager 88 pts! A whopping 12 pts difference from two supposedly 'authoritative bodies'!

A few days ago, I once again encountered a wine with such huge rating discrepancy. The wine is the St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett from the great 2009 vintage. My brother-in-law loaded up on this wine based on a 92 pts rating and strong recommendation from the LCBO product consultant. ( who claimed it was better than the glorious rich and aromatic 2008 which we had ). Two days later, the wine critic of our major newspaper - Toronto Star, Gordon Stimmel wrote ' this is one wine that I will not touch at any price! Weird smell of 'cardboard', the wine is only worth 84 pts!!' Wow! Another rating difference the gap of the Grand Canyon! Whats going on?! Someone's on drug before tasting?!

I'm curious to hear from fellow vino-chowhounders, what other wines they have encountered that has such huge rating differences?!!

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