Robert Parker is one of the most authoritative voices in terms of wines. Since the appearance of his specialized magazine Wine Advocate in 1978, the critic revolutionized the way in which the wine industry behaves and had a special role in the diffusion of wines from the entire American continent in the rest of the world.
Parker developed its own measurement system that registered as “Parker Points”, which measure each wine with a score of 50 to 100 . On its website, it explains the system: for example, a wine with a score of 96 to 100 complies with the following characteristics:
“An extraordinary wine of character and complex depth, which shows all the attributes of a classic wine of its variety. It’s worth making a special effort to find it, buy it and consume it. “
This year, the protagonists of the wine industry, both large wineries and boutique , lived the first installment of the “Extraordinary Winery Awards” , which were selected the best wineries in different parts of America: from the sunny California to the vineyards of our Mendoza.
The categories were as follows: Best Winery in Napa Valley (California), Best Winery in Sonoma County (California), Best Winery in the Central Coast of Oregon, Best Winery in Oregon, Best Winery in the State of Washington, Best Bodega de Chile, Best Winery of Argentina , Best Winery “Under the Radar” of America and Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year, in addition to the opportunity to be in the “Superlist” of Parker, the election had a special condiment that raised its importance even more: the list was announced in the framework of the Michelin Awards, the global gastronomic guide par excellence .
In the category of our country there were three final nominees and one winner: the Catena Zapata winery, from Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, which has 110 years of history and four generations devoted to viticulture. Catena Zapata led from the 80s a great improvement in the quality of Argentine wines, which led him to position himself in the global market.
This award also gives an account of that trajectory, since a particular wine was not awarded, but “grandeur”, as explained by Lisa Perrotti, editor of Wine Advocate:
“Every year our review team travels around the wine world looking for greatness firsthand”
“The annual election of Bodegas Extraordinarias recognizes those wineries that seek qualitative growth within the best producing regions of the world,” concluded the editor-in-chief of the publication.
It is not the first time that Wine Spectator has distinguished the winery: in 2012, it gave Nicolás Catena the “Distinguished Service Award” and dozens of its wines can be found in the range of more than 90 points according to Robert’s score. Parker