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100 Point Rating System

What is the difference between an 86 point wine and a 91 point wine? It is hard to make sense of all the numbers shouting from the shelf. The 100 point wine rating system is an international scale. There is no exact science to it, which is the root of some of the confusion. The system became popular from Robert Parker in the 1980’s.

These wine ratings are mostly a reflection of the quality of the production and a typicity of the wine region and style. Every wine critic is a little different, and Andreas Larsson is known to be very critical. Which is why he is so trusted to wine consumers. When he describes his rating of a wine; a wine in the low 80’s is a good wine, then the higher the number, the more complexity, character and length of the wine. Wines in the 90’s are a very good wine and a wine at 100 points is the best we could possibly imagine. The following are fantastic wines at different points in this scale.

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CAVE DE TAIN – ARENES SAUVAGES 2013
France – Rhone Valley – Cornas – Red
90 Points
“Good expression of fruit. Very long, spicy finish. Plenty of character in this one, however certainly a wine that needs to develop a little bit more to gain complexity and roundness, but a fine result with that spicy Syrah character. Some meaty notes there, ground pepper. Clean, dark fruit, and a long, long aftertaste, there. Nice persistent flavours.”


LA SPINETTA – BAROLO CAMPÈ 2011
Italy – Piedmont – Barolo – Red
94 Points
“Plenty of stuff going on here; new wood, vanilla, leather. Very dense palate, and despite that ripeness and richness it’s marked by a quite vital acidity, it’s fresh all along.”


MONTE DO ALÉM 2011
Portugal – Algarve – Aragonez – Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot – Petit Verdot – Syrah – Red
84 Points
“Palate has a quite high level of concentration here; we still have a good tannic grip on the palate, a high presence of tannin, with that sweet fruitiness; and then that spiciness takes over, we have some notes of leather, a slightly “barnyardy” character there, a bit in a traditional, more rustic style.”


BODEGA ACEVEDO 2013
Spain – Tenerife – Tacoronte – Acentejo – Rosé
85 Points
“Light weight on the palate with a certain sweetness. The taste is mostly similar to matching on fresh grapes, with some red berry fruit there. Quiet juicy in the finish.”


CHATEAU DE CHANTEGRIVE 2012
France – Bordeaux – Graves – Red
87 Points
“Good grip on the palate here, it’s a medium weight with youthful tannin, still quite present on the aftertaste. Well-kept acidity. I would say a rather classic style here with a good emphasis on fruit, with some notes of pepper and fresh herbs. There’s a hint of smokiness coming through as well, indicating some oak.”


TABOR WINERY – LIMITED EDITION 2012
Israel – Galilee – Kosher – Cabernet Sauvignon – Red
88 Points
“Very structured on the palate, still youthful and very concentrated fruit. Layers of dark berries like cassis, but also getting some freshness from those herbal components; like mint and sage. I think that the tannins are fairly well distributed, rather mellow today I would say.”


DOMAINE DE PETRA BIANCA – VINTI LEGNA 2014
France – Corsica – Figari – Red
89 Points
“Very nice palate, I like this! It’s a very soft extraction, very juicy, with layers of crushed fruit, plum, gently spicy; still there might be a slight hint of oak in the background, but I think it’s well-integrated.”

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