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Friday, 3 January 2014

Parker Compares Perfect Sonoma Pinot ( $171 ) With DRC's La Tache ( $5,747 )

The world's most revered wine critic Robert Parker has awarded the ultimate score to a trio of wines from Sonoma in the latest edition of The Wine Advocate.

Peter Michael Winery has plenty of reason to celebrate this New Year: eight wines ranging from the 2009 to 2012 vintage have received scores of 98 or more, with two of its 2010 pinot noirs – Clos du Ciel and Ma Danseuse awarded a perfect 100.

Parker describes the Ciel as “a dead-ringer for the 1990 DRC La Tache," which currently has an average price of $5,747 on Wine-Searcher compared to the Ciel's $171 price tag. "This could be a game-changing Pinot Noir that sets the wine world upside down given its spectacular quality.” Similarly, Parker calls Ma Danseuse “one of the greatest Pinots I have ever tasted ... anywhere.”

Owned by Englishman Sir Peter Michael, the founder of Classic FM, the winemaking at this Sonoma Coast property is entrusted to the Morlet brothers from Champagne, France. No-one was available for comment at the winery.

The other big winner in the latest edition of The Wine Advocate is Donelan Family Wines, which received the perfect score for its 2009 Richard's Vineyard Syrah which Parker called “out of this world.” With four wines in the top 20, the estate will start 2014 on a high.

More than 20 wines received a score of 98 or higher including four chardonnays from Aubert Wines. Marcassin's single vineyard pinot noirs and Ramey's reds were also awarded high scores.

Meanwhile, the recently-appointed Rhône critic, Jeb Dunnuck, who has taken over the reins for the French region from Parker, reviewed northern Rhône wines ranging from 2009 to 2012 with cuvees from Guigal, Chapoutier and J-L Chave taking the taster's eight perfect scores. The appellations of Hermitage (both white and red wines) and Côte-Rôtie have come out on top, with just one wine in Dunnuck's top 20 – Guigal's 2012 Condrieu La Doriane – produced beyond the boundaries of these two appellations.

Source: www.wine-searcher.com