If one would need an example, myriad in fact, of wines they did not appreciate enough to warrant their purchase, one would only have to turn towards California, and Napa in particular. I wonder what the past two decades will look like from a historical perspective. Vast increases in the prices of many wines, driven by dubious ratings, and resulting in a ridiculous disparity between mature wines from great producers and vintages often being greatly discounted over more recent vintages. To a certain degree this has to do with the rampant grade inflation that has taken place over the past two decades among wine critics. Old vintages only got 92pts, while newer ones routinely get 96 or 97. A lot of people will argue that the overall quality of the wines have increased, which might be true if you think fruitier wines are necessarily better, but the truth remains; there were many, many delicious wines produced in California over the past several decades that today sell for peanuts.
The 4 Wines of 2013
Look forward to these wines trending big time in the new year