I’ve played this card before and I’ll play it again. Wine critics, myself included, can have a lot of experience and good palates. Still, when we taste wine we tell you two things: how good we think the wine is based on how we think the wine should be, and how much we like the wine. Those two things are inexorably linked and they don’t necessarily mean you’re going to get any useful information out of it.
I’m not saying that all wine criticism is useless, what I’m saying is that wine criticism is a very particular thing. In order for my wine review to be useful for you, we would need to share some general idea of what we expect from any particular bottle of wine and then also share general palate preferences. It’s not impossible, just rarer than we might all like to admit. Of course, you are likely to find one or more wine reviewers who speak to your palate, but that does not make them all useful or knowledgeable. Learn to trust your palate. Ultimately, it’s the only one that counts.