Date: 15-Oct-2005 12:11
Author: Covert Harris Email
Subject: One more for the road...
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Bob, I have responded to this question at least 100 times on this forum, and I have not once had anybody agree with me. Thatís okay. Iím 100% alone in my perception on this.
That said: The fantastic beauty of classified Bordeaux is that it is meant to be drunk with oneís personality, not consumed alone. All the ideas associated with Bordeaux run corollaries with aspects of the Bordeaux drinkerís personality, allowing them to come out and be experienced. But if a person doesnít know that he is drinking a Bordeaux, it doesnít work.
For a wine to permit a person to in effect ďdrink himself,Ē i.e., understand the vast panoply of his own personality, the wine has to be a cool medium (if you want to use Marshall McLuhanís model), meaning that it has to be subtle enough to let the manís personality integrate with it.
New World wines shout at you. A manís personality does not integrate with a New World wine, unless it is the manís personality to shout, i.e., to be insensitive.
A wineís worth is simply what you are willing to pay for it. If a person says that a wine is overrated, yet he pays a lot for it, I would suggest that he doesnít know himself. If he says it is overrated and even spends time talking about it, I would be suspicious of him.