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March 04, 2009


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I am in NY on wine business fairly often but haven't made it out to Long Island in years.
Your blog alone will encourage me to rectify that this summer.

I love the wines at Castello di Borghese, especially the Cab Franc.

I've noticed a pattern with your tasting scale; there seem to be very few wines that break the 4 star mark. When translating this number to WS/Parker points, it would make it the magical 90. I know that there was some criticism over the 90 point mark a while back (http://lennthompson.typepad.com/lenndevours/2008/10/mommy-where-do.html), so why is it so difficult for NY wines to meet your 4 or 5 star mark?

Derrick: Thanks for the comment. I always enjoy talking about the "science" of ratings...because it's simply not a science.

But anyway, the first thing I'd say is that the conversion of 4-stars to 90 points is, at best, an estimation. My best guess on the conversion really.

Beyond that, I do think that there are NY wines of excellent, world-class quality and in the wine world there is that magic 90-point barrier that matters in so many ways. I actually don't know many 4-star (or higher) ratings that I've given since instituing the 5-star system, but there have been a number of them and I'm sure there will be more in the future.

It is true, however, that there has been a lull in top-notch wines in my tastings. Lots of good wines, but few that really jumped out at me. But, that will change soon I hope and I'm behind publishing some notes as well.

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