Mark Squires scored 109 Greek wines in the issue #186 of Robert Parker’s wine advocate, which was released just a few hours ago. 15 wines scored between 90 and 94 points, 59 wines between 87 and 89 points, 27 wines between 84 and 86 points, and 8 wines between 79 and 82 points.
Three sweet wines received the top ratings, Xinomavros scored extremely well. Mark writes, “…my favorites in 2007 were probably the Xinomavros…consumers looking for something different should be snapping them up”.
It is quite interesting to note that only 8 wines were tasted and scored by both Mark Squires and the German wine critics. This means that in the last days, tasting notes with excellent scores for 170 different wines have been released; this is surely a world first! It also shows that the ongoing wine revolution that is taking place in Greece has now resulted in a broad range of excellent and exciting wines.
I emphasized that the German wine critics rarely score as high as their foreign counterparts, now I also have proof for this: 6 out of the 8 wines were scored an average of just over 3 full points lower by the Germans! One wine received the same score, and only one wine scored higher – and I wonder if Mark Squires might have had an off-bottle in this case, as his low rating of the wine in question surprised me.
I am delighted that the current decade ends with such great praise for the wines from Greece. The wine critics certainly have thrown in their support. The time is ripe for the merchants to follow suit.