‘Selena Gomez’ or ‘Firm Red’? New Wave Wine Critics vs. the Old Guard

Wine Spectator critics spend their days the way oenophiles dream of: tasting the great wines the world has to offer and getting to the essence of each with tasting notes steeped in tradition. Meanwhile, millions of everyday wine drinkers — who may not know a thing about terrior, but do know terrific wine when they taste it — are taking to social platforms like Vivino and Delectable to provide influence with their own ratings and sometimes wild descriptives.  We looked at Spectator’s recent top picks for Riberas and Ruedas $25 and under rated 89 points or higher, then compared their notes to those from Vivino and Delectable. Which critics capture the way you taste wine best?


aster_smallBodegas Áster Crianza:

Wine Spectator: “Licorice, tar and smoke notes frame black cherry and leafy flavors in this polished red. Lively acidity keeps this fresh, while well-integrated tannins impart backbone.”

Charlene Tay, Delectable: ” This one is a bit of a chameleon. Keeps changing the longer it sits. Wonderful after some breathing time. Cherry, anise, little bit of earth. Deep, round, velvety.

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Atalayas de Golban Torre de Golbán Crianza:

Wine Spectator: “Licorice, tar and graphite notes frame a core of cherry and herbal flavors in this firm red. Savory and austere in character, this features a polished, balanced structure. 91 Points.

Michael Pennington, Vivino: “Young, but then so is Selena Gomez.”

Humberto, Delectable:  “Black fruit that finally is coming to terms with subtle dryness shying away from hyper fruit forward young Riberas. This I can drink and enjoy.”

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O. Fournier Alfa Spiga O. Fournier Ribera del Duero Alfa Spiga:

Wine Spectator: This plush red delivers ripe flavors of roasted plum, licorice, cola and baking spices, all set in a thick texture. Well-integrated tannins and sweet-tart acidity impart structure and focus. Solid, in the modern style. 90 Points.

Dana Thompson, Delectable: Just a spectacular bottle of Tempranillo. Huge fruit, but awesome notes of leather, blackberries and that sort of tar-like flavors that stick on your tongue that you look for in a Ribera del Duero. Having it with Greek style lamb chops, roasted Rosemary taters and a wonderful tomato and feta salad. Just a big mouthfulof WOW!”

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Vina Mayor RuedaRueda Viña Mayor:

Wine Spectator: “Smoky and spicy notes frame the pear, melon and blanched almond flavors in this round white. Firm acidity focuses the polished texture and leaves a clean, spicy finish. 89 Points.

Andrea Leon, Delectable: “Verdejo on oak steroids.”

John Howard, Delectable: “Almost ripe pear, bright fresh acidity, a little funk on the nose.”

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Bodegas Naia RuedaBodegas Naia Rueda:

Wine Spectator: “Pear and apple flavors mingle with toast and mineral notes in this polished, modern white, which shows depth and focus, with firm acidity and a smoky finish. 89 Points.

Morten, Vivino: “Nice taste curve from the grapefruit-y beginning to the sweetish ending.”

Bryant Bickel, Delectable: “Spot on! Delish! The thanksgiving sleeper wine.”

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