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#1 Post by Brian Tuite » May 22nd, 2020, 6:54 am

He is pondering it being the best vintage ever for Pinot Noir in Sonoma County. Wow!


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#2 Post by F.Daner » September 20th, 2020, 9:38 am

Hi Brian, I'm surprised there is not more buzz about this on the board. This was the only thread I could find on the subject. My first heads up on the vintage was the praise from Rivers Marie and Littorai back in January. I took a break from buying for several years so great vintage to do some restocking for the future. I purchased RM and Littorai and just signed up and purchased Failla. Vinous(AG) has a great write up on the vintage as well. AG was very high on Failla wines. For those who are looking for great wines that you can immediately join the mailing list Failla is one of them. I've always enjoyed their pinot's and it looks like they killed it in 18.
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#3 Post by Brian Tuite » September 20th, 2020, 10:28 am

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Hi Brian, I'm surprised there is not more buzz about this on the board. This was the only thread I could find on the subject. My first heads up on the vintage was the praise from Rivers Marie and Littorai back in January. I took a break from buying for several years so great vintage to do some restocking for the future. I purchased RM and Littorai and just signed up and purchased Failla. Vinous(AG) has a great write up on the vintage as well. AG was very high on Failla wines. For those who are looking for great wines that you can immediately join the mailing list Failla is one of them. I've always enjoyed their pinot's and it looks like they killed it in 18.
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#4 Post by K.C0LBURN » September 20th, 2020, 11:38 am

I went long on 2018 as well. Heard good things from people (not critics) I trust. If not for the pandemic, I’d have traveled to taste. Am hoping the situation stabilizes this spring so I can feel a little more comfortable traveling.
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#5 Post by J. Rock » September 20th, 2020, 12:13 pm

Am I the only one that thinks Dunnuck gives high praise to everything?
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#6 Post by Chris H. » September 20th, 2020, 12:18 pm

J. Rock wrote:
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Am I the only one that thinks Dunnuck gives high praise to everything?
He's a good 2-3 points higher than Antonio Galloni it seems (except for the recent Realm The Bard, both 98s), I know not Pinot Noir, but that recent score is fresh in my mind.. With that being said I really enjoyed a recent 2018 Maxem Pinot Noir (still needs some time, but man the quality/purity of fruit), and a few zins (A. Rafanelli, and Bedrock).
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#7 Post by E. Mark Larson » September 20th, 2020, 1:49 pm

FWIW, I heard Mike Officer state on a Zoom event that the 2018 Sonoma Zinfandels are consistently outstanding. I have a lot of confidence in his opinion. So, I have been looking for any wines that have "2018," "Zinfandel" and "Sonoma" (or any AVA in Sonoma County) on the label.

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#8 Post by F.Daner » September 20th, 2020, 3:01 pm

It seems like it and he seems to really like the more full bodied modern styles more. I actually care more about the notes and the description than the actual points. They both do a good job describing the wine which usually tells me if I'll like it. My palate is more aligned to AG.

2018 should be a heck of a vintage for both Sonoma and Napa. Hope to taste next year as well.
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Am I the only one that thinks Dunnuck gives high praise to everything?
He's a good 2-3 points higher than Antonio Galloni it seems (except for the recent Realm The Bard, both 98s), I know not Pinot Noir, but that recent score is fresh in my mind.. With that being said I really enjoyed a recent 2018 Maxem Pinot Noir (still needs some time, but man the quality/purity of fruit), and a few zins (A. Rafanelli, and Bedrock).
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#9 Post by Tom DeBiase » September 20th, 2020, 3:33 pm

Every winemaker I have spoken to has said that the 2018 growing season in Northern California was absolutely perfect. An example I have mentioned before is Scott Schultz of Jolie Laide whose wines I adore. When I picked up the Spring release of the 2018's in May of 2019, "Speaking with Scott while I was tasting the wines, I mentioned that his 2018's were all delicious. He smiled and gave my quote of the year so far. "2018 was the perfect growing season. No heat spikes but still warm. All I did was stay the f**k out of the way".

The full report is here. https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... it=schultz

Every winemaker, at least in Sonoma has said the same thing. You can buy 2018's with full confidence.

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#10 Post by Brian Tuite » September 20th, 2020, 7:34 pm

Tom DeBiase wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Every winemaker I have spoken to has said that the 2018 growing season in Northern California was absolutely perfect. An example I have mentioned before is Scott Schultz of Jolie Laide whose wines I adore. When I picked up the Spring release of the 2018's in May of 2019, "Speaking with Scott while I was tasting the wines, I mentioned that his 2018's were all delicious. He smiled and gave my quote of the year so far. "2018 was the perfect growing season. No heat spikes but still warm. All I did was stay the f**k out of the way".

The full report is here. https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... it=schultz

Every winemaker, at least in Sonoma has said the same thing. You can buy 2018's with full confidence.

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2019 is looking nearly identical in speaking with several winemakers.

2020... well... hitsfan
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#11 Post by Chris H. » September 20th, 2020, 8:59 pm

Brian Tuite wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Tom DeBiase wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Every winemaker I have spoken to has said that the 2018 growing season in Northern California was absolutely perfect. An example I have mentioned before is Scott Schultz of Jolie Laide whose wines I adore. When I picked up the Spring release of the 2018's in May of 2019, "Speaking with Scott while I was tasting the wines, I mentioned that his 2018's were all delicious. He smiled and gave my quote of the year so far. "2018 was the perfect growing season. No heat spikes but still warm. All I did was stay the f**k out of the way".

The full report is here. https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... it=schultz

Every winemaker, at least in Sonoma has said the same thing. You can buy 2018's with full confidence.

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2019 is looking nearly identical in speaking with several winemakers.

2020... well... hitsfan
Good to hear about the 2019s! Brian, is this specifically for Sonoma, or was 2019 a good year in Napa as well? I've loaded up on 2018s from Sonoma and Napa, but was just curious about the 2019 vintage.
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#12 Post by Brian Tuite » September 20th, 2020, 10:13 pm

Chris H. wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 8:59 pm
Brian Tuite wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Tom DeBiase wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Every winemaker I have spoken to has said that the 2018 growing season in Northern California was absolutely perfect. An example I have mentioned before is Scott Schultz of Jolie Laide whose wines I adore. When I picked up the Spring release of the 2018's in May of 2019, "Speaking with Scott while I was tasting the wines, I mentioned that his 2018's were all delicious. He smiled and gave my quote of the year so far. "2018 was the perfect growing season. No heat spikes but still warm. All I did was stay the f**k out of the way".

The full report is here. https://wineberserkers.com/forum/viewto ... it=schultz

Every winemaker, at least in Sonoma has said the same thing. You can buy 2018's with full confidence.

Tom
2019 is looking nearly identical in speaking with several winemakers.

2020... well... hitsfan
Good to hear about the 2019s! Brian, is this specifically for Sonoma, or was 2019 a good year in Napa as well? I've loaded up on 2018s from Sonoma and Napa, but was just curious about the 2019 vintage.
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#13 Post by S. Rash » September 21st, 2020, 2:05 pm

E. Mark Larson wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 1:49 pm
FWIW, I heard Mike Officer state on a Zoom event that the 2018 Sonoma Zinfandels are consistently outstanding. I have a lot of confidence in his opinion. So, I have been looking for any wines that have "2018," "Zinfandel" and "Sonoma" (or any AVA in Sonoma County) on the label.

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#14 Post by Brian Tuite » September 21st, 2020, 3:33 pm

S. Rash wrote:
September 21st, 2020, 2:05 pm
E. Mark Larson wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 1:49 pm
FWIW, I heard Mike Officer state on a Zoom event that the 2018 Sonoma Zinfandels are consistently outstanding. I have a lot of confidence in his opinion. So, I have been looking for any wines that have "2018," "Zinfandel" and "Sonoma" (or any AVA in Sonoma County) on the label.

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Me too!
Funny, Jeb Dunnuck was saying the same thing back in May. [wink.gif]
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#15 Post by J. Singleton » September 21st, 2020, 3:51 pm

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Am I the only one that thinks Dunnuck gives high praise to everything?
I feel like every score he hands out is 96+. I’m clearly exaggerating, but am I? [pwn.gif]
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#16 Post by JeremyMullman » September 21st, 2020, 4:06 pm

There is a separate thread about how good the 2018 zins are. The hype is justified there.

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#17 Post by Paul Gordon » September 21st, 2020, 4:40 pm

I will say I really like our 2018s (as do the critics) but our 2019s are even better. The two years had very similar conditions but a slightly lower crop in 2019 upped the intensity a touch, while still keeping excellent balance.

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#18 Post by Cris Whetstone » September 21st, 2020, 4:43 pm

I know the Ridge team spoke very highly of 2018 in more than one of the Zoom seminars they did. At least in terms of the Zins.
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#19 Post by Uli K. » September 21st, 2020, 10:26 pm

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I will say I really like our 2018s (as do the critics) but our 2019s are even better.
That’s a big relief, because I’m close to tapped out on 2018 purchases...
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I know the Ridge team spoke very highly of 2018 in more than one of the Zoom seminars they did. At least in terms of the Zins.
Rightfully so. I had a chance to try Ponzo, Pagani and East Bench yesterday, they were all great (Pagani needs time though).
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#20 Post by Mark Colendich » September 22nd, 2020, 8:24 am

Rhys received some very high scores from Jeb.. 2018 Alpine Hillside 100 points

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#21 Post by larry schaffer » September 22nd, 2020, 12:59 pm

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Am I the only one that thinks Dunnuck gives high praise to everything?
I feel like every score he hands out is 96+. I’m clearly exaggerating, but am I? [pwn.gif]
It certainly appears that way. I think you can substitute in nearly every region in CA in the title instead of 'Sonoma' and you may see the same results. No disrespect to the wineries that continue to excel and get great scores, and I did not submit but I was going to post something on Facebook wondering if I was the only one who did NOT get a 94+ score . . . [snort.gif] [wow.gif] pepsi
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#22 Post by Jeb Dunnuck » September 22nd, 2020, 1:34 pm

J. Singleton wrote:
September 21st, 2020, 3:51 pm
J. Rock wrote:
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Am I the only one that thinks Dunnuck gives high praise to everything?
I feel like every score he hands out is 96+. I’m clearly exaggerating, but am I? [pwn.gif]
Yeah, I'm sure it seems that way, but it's not true. If you're not a subscriber to a publication, what you see from the trade will only be higher rated wines... However, of the 10,370 wines I reviewed over the past 12 months, only 12% were rated 96 or higher. It's also important to know that I focus on what I think are the top wineries. I don't have the time to do large, open invite tastings (there are pluses and minuses to every approach to covering regions) and chose to focus on who I think are the producers subscribers should be aware of. This will skew results towards higher ratings. I plotted the score distribution over the past 12 months and am pretty happy with the results (YMMV).
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#23 Post by Jeb Dunnuck » September 22nd, 2020, 1:45 pm

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It seems like it and he seems to really like the more full bodied modern styles more. I actually care more about the notes and the description than the actual points. They both do a good job describing the wine which usually tells me if I'll like it. My palate is more aligned to AG.
I'd push back slightly on the full-bodied/modern styled comment. The top rated 2018 Pinots from the Sonoma report were from DuMOL, Kistler (the style today is very different from in the past), Rivers Marie, Ferrren, Rochioli, Wayferer, Morlet, Cattleya, Paul Hobs, and Sojourn. If you can find a common style there, you're better than I am! BTW, I also love the wines from Failla!

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#24 Post by Brian Tuite » September 22nd, 2020, 2:44 pm

D’oh!
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#25 Post by ykwon » September 22nd, 2020, 6:18 pm

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#26 Post by D@ve D y r 0 f f » September 22nd, 2020, 6:50 pm

I'm just going to leave this here:
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#27 Post by brigcampbell » September 22nd, 2020, 6:51 pm

Long ago the CT crew ran an analysis of Jeb's scores versus CT way before TWA.

It's over in the CT forum but Jeb's points ran 2-4 higher than CT. Not being critical as he was very consistent in the range and that's all you really need, a reference.

I think people critical of his TWA scores were not taking into consideration the high quality of wines he tasted, although fruit forward, vs grinding through ripe vintage CdP when he was focused there.

You can't say the guy isn't passionate and sincere.

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#28 Post by Paul Gordon » September 22nd, 2020, 7:22 pm

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Long ago the CT crew ran an analysis of Jeb's scores versus CT way before TWA.

It's over in the CT forum but Jeb's points ran 2-4 higher than CT. Not being critical as he was very consistent in the range and that's all you really need, a reference.

I think people critical of his TWA scores were not taking into consideration the high quality of wines he tasted, although fruit forward, vs grinding through ripe vintage CdP when he was focused there.

You can't say the guy isn't passionate and sincere.
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#29 Post by J. Rock » September 22nd, 2020, 7:36 pm

Yeah, to be clear, I really like Jeb's reviews and love that my palate seems to have a huge overlap with his, and he probably reviews more wines I'm interested in (excluding Rieslings) than any other reviewer. Even if I don't exactly agree with his scores all of the time (and how often would that happen with anyone), if he recommends a wine, there's a very high chance that I'll really enjoy it. I'm just a bit surprised that the wines I get or consider getting seem to always get phenomenal scores from him, although, I guess it makes sense that I'm more interested in what some people would consider really high quality wines.
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#30 Post by Brian Tuite » September 22nd, 2020, 8:28 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 6:51 pm
Long ago the CT crew ran an analysis of Jeb's scores versus CT way before TWA.

It's over in the CT forum but Jeb's points ran 2-4 higher than CT. Not being critical as he was very consistent in the range and that's all you really need, a reference.

I think people critical of his TWA scores were not taking into consideration the high quality of wines he tasted, although fruit forward, vs grinding through ripe vintage CdP when he was focused there.

You can't say the guy isn't passionate and sincere.
But everything in CT is a 90. Now that’s consistency!
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#31 Post by Brian Tuite » September 22nd, 2020, 8:30 pm

J. Rock wrote:
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Yeah, to be clear, I really like Jeb's reviews and love that my palate seems to have a huge overlap with his, and he probably reviews more wines I'm interested in (excluding Rieslings) than any other reviewer. Even if I don't exactly agree with his scores all of the time (and how often would that happen with anyone), if he recommends a wine, there's a very high chance that I'll really enjoy it. I'm just a bit surprised that the wines I get or consider getting seem to always get phenomenal scores from him, although, I guess it makes sense that I'm more interested in what some people would consider really high quality wines.
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#32 Post by F.Daner » September 23rd, 2020, 2:08 am

Hi Jeb,

Thanks for the feedback and I should qualify my thoughts below. I was not referring to your 2018 Sonoma report and it was more of a general statement based on your notes that I've read. I also was not inferring you only like a certain style of wine. I have read enough notes on wines we both tried to know that you seem to enjoy more full bodied modern wines than I generally do. For all critics I prefer notes and not the scores to get a feel for whether I'll enjoy the wines or not. Good to hear your thoughts on Failla.

My main point of tagging Brian's post was being surprised that there was not more buzz on the board on the quality of 2018 across Napa and Sonoma. So whose buying and what have you bought so far ? For me lousy timing as I went deep on 2016 Barolo. So far I've purchased Littorai, Rivers Marie, Di Costanzo, William and Mary and Failla. I'll add quite a bit more next year for what I can find that is not sold out or later releases like MacDonald.

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It seems like it and he seems to really like the more full bodied modern styles more. I actually care more about the notes and the description than the actual points. They both do a good job describing the wine which usually tells me if I'll like it. My palate is more aligned to AG.
I'd push back slightly on the full-bodied/modern styled comment. The top rated 2018 Pinots from the Sonoma report were from DuMOL, Kistler (the style today is very different from in the past), Rivers Marie, Ferrren, Rochioli, Wayferer, Morlet, Cattleya, Paul Hobs, and Sojourn. If you can find a common style there, you're better than I am! BTW, I also love the wines from Failla!

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#33 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 23rd, 2020, 4:40 am

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Long ago the CT crew ran an analysis of Jeb's scores versus CT way before TWA.

It's over in the CT forum but Jeb's points ran 2-4 higher than CT. Not being critical as he was very consistent in the range and that's all you really need, a reference.

I think people critical of his TWA scores were not taking into consideration the high quality of wines he tasted, although fruit forward, vs grinding through ripe vintage CdP when he was focused there.

You can't say the guy isn't passionate and sincere.
But everything in CT is a 90. Now that’s consistency!
Can’t you say that about most of the critics? Occasionally when I look at a wine on CT, it is almost always below the critics’ ratings. Shouldn’t surprise anyone given the aggregate.
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Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

#34 Post by Philip G » September 23rd, 2020, 7:07 am

Paul Gordon wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 7:22 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 6:51 pm
Long ago the CT crew ran an analysis of Jeb's scores versus CT way before TWA.

It's over in the CT forum but Jeb's points ran 2-4 higher than CT. Not being critical as he was very consistent in the range and that's all you really need, a reference.

I think people critical of his TWA scores were not taking into consideration the high quality of wines he tasted, although fruit forward, vs grinding through ripe vintage CdP when he was focused there.

You can't say the guy isn't passionate and sincere.
Brig

The average CT user simply does not use the full score range. I am guilty of this also.
You can read many a glowing CT review with a 92-93pt score. We are all waiting for some mythical wines that do not exist.

Paul
I'm somewhat guilty of this, although I tend to score in the 88, 90, 93, 95, 95+ ranges. 92-93 is not usually a glowing review for me but a very good wine, I would say 95 is glowing. I'll admit that I don't know if I can distinguish between a 97pt and 100pt wine, so tend to top out around 97. I think my scores are usually a point or a few below JD and LPB, I often just don't find some of the extra subtleties that they're finding, which I guess should be expected since they do this for a living.
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#35 Post by mike pobega » September 26th, 2020, 10:27 am

This just arrived. After my first taste I had to find more. People always looking out for me and I was pointed towards these at $35 per. I was through my original 3 by June.
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Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

#36 Post by ykwon » September 26th, 2020, 11:34 am

mike pobega wrote:
September 26th, 2020, 10:27 am
This just arrived. After my first taste I had to find more. People always looking out for me and I was pointed towards these at $35 per. I was through my original 3 by June.
Ant then I had 13. Drank
Nice score!! I only had three which I drank within a month. Wish I could find more as well.
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Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

#37 Post by Roy Piper » September 26th, 2020, 11:43 am

Jeb is wrong.😜

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Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

#38 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » September 26th, 2020, 7:59 pm

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 6:50 pm
I'm just going to leave this here:
Jeb Dunnuck wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 1:34 pm
the 10,370 wines I reviewed over the past 12 months
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That’s an average of 28 wines/day 😳
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Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

#39 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » September 26th, 2020, 10:12 pm

Paul Gordon wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 7:22 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 6:51 pm
Long ago the CT crew ran an analysis of Jeb's scores versus CT way before TWA.

It's over in the CT forum but Jeb's points ran 2-4 higher than CT. Not being critical as he was very consistent in the range and that's all you really need, a reference.

I think people critical of his TWA scores were not taking into consideration the high quality of wines he tasted, although fruit forward, vs grinding through ripe vintage CdP when he was focused there.

You can't say the guy isn't passionate and sincere.
Brig

The average CT user simply does not use the full score range. I am guilty of this also.
You can read many a glowing CT review with a 92-93pt score. We are all waiting for some mythical wines that do not exist.

Paul
I'm guilty of this, but I put forth considerable effort to be consistent.

Of all the wines I've *scored* in CT (approx. 33% of all wines for which I've written a TN), I gave a score of 96 points or higher to a mere 1.9% of them.
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