Monday, November 17, 2014

Darth Vader on Wine Spectator's Wines of the Year

I wanted a second opinion on Wine Spectator's 2014 Wines of the Year, so I contacted Darth Vader, a formidable critic and emeritus editor from the magazine. He used The Force to retaste the wines in question.

Wine of the Year (Dow vintage Port 2011), original Wine Spectator review: "Powerful, refined and luscious."

Darth Vader's take: "You are as powerful as the emperor has foreseen."

Wine No. 2 (Mollydooker Carnival of Love McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012), original review: "The finish expands and powers up."

Darth Vader: "You underestimate the power of the Dark Side."

Wine No. 3 (Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2011), original review: "Monolithic red, pure and powerful."

Darth Vader: "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

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Jonas Landau said...

Love it. 3 of the top 4 from Portugal huh? They must be trolling for additional sources of ad revenue. I was under the impression that "monolithic" had a negative connotation. Silly me.

Isaac James Baker said...

WS loves POWER! And, to second Jonas, why would one use the term monolithic as desirable when describing a wine? One of its definitions: "characterized by massiveness, total uniformity, rigidity, invulnerability..." Well, perhaps that's what they're going for.

Jack Everitt said...

Alsace Gew├╝rztraminer was screwed!

Andrew Walter said...

Actually, I;ve had the opportunity to taste the Pratts and I will say it was a big wine, but really, really delicious. Also, I find the WS, esp Laube, likes lots of oak, and this wine mostly fruit driven. Plus it was spectacular with a range of tapas we had in SW Spain. Not sure why they called it monolithic

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