Just about a year ago I brought you a blog (E=mc2) that talked about the annual review from Wine Spectator magazine in regards to their article "The Year in Wine: 2016 in Perspective." I told you how I love to scour through numbers to see what my take on the information might reveal.
Well, it's that time of year again, and like last year I am going to start off with California Cabernets. They showed that 46% of the California Cabs reviewed scored 90 Points or above. Like last year a mere 2% only scored in their highest rating, 95 to 100. That's still a very selective assortment of wines. The interesting fact was that the average price of those 90 and above last year was $155. This year you would have saved a whopping $10 as it dropped to $145. Interestingly the most expensive average of all wines reviewed.
In most cases, I did see a small drop in prices worldwide. That was just something I didn't expect to see, or maybe it's a reflection on the fact that wines are generally getting better regardless of price point. Wouldn't that be something?
As a favorite of mine, I'll mention that good ole Sauvignon Blanc from California, while only registering 21% of rated wines over 90, did come in with one of the lowest average costs of only $36! They didn't break apart wines from the Loire Valley in France (they do produce both white and red wines) but given that a large portion of white wines there are comprised of Sauvignon Blanc, 53% rated 90+ and right around the same price point of $35.
I could go on and list a bunch of scores versus dollars, but I'll limit this to one last reflection. My other favorite, Champagne. Like last year, 85% of all Champagnes received a 90 or higher score. Just a percentage point or two lower than last year. Like the price drop on other wines, Champagne held to that same profile, coming in at $96 for 90 Points and above versus $103 last year. Lending itself to once again show the quality of this great wine. In fairness, I would have listed the same information for Prosecco, but they didn't list it seperately, too bad, I think the comparison would be interesting.
I'm sure I'll spend much more time spewing over the numbers to quench my thirst for more (probably slightly useless) information. At least for me, it's interesting. Maybe not as interesting as E=mc2, but a whole lot easier to understand. Should you be so inclined, you can click here to see the report.