Warren B wrote:But how valuable is a general rating for an entire country when the terroir of each individual region is SOOOO different?
Indeed a good point but in my own defense as well as in the defense of such ratings, all
vintage ratings are little more than summary statements. I can easily understand how in France for example, one might break down vintage ratings to individual areas (e.g. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Rhone, Alsace, etc) and can even understand how one can sub-divide several of those areas (e.g. left and right banks at Bordeaux, northern and southern Rhone). In each of those cases however we are talking about vineyard plantings that are larger than the entire land area of Israel. And of course one can go even further (in Bordeaux for example, by individual villages; in Burgundy to specific villages or even to 1er and Grand cru). All of which eventually leads to an ad absurdium
where we are left with individual ratings ot only for each producer but for each of their wines...... in other words, wine tasting notes.
True, in some cases (e.g. in Tom Stevenson's World Wine Report), I will divide my Israeli vintage ratings for whites and reds. Beyond that, however, despite different climates, micro-climates and soil conditions, the overall vintage ratings seem to hold fairly well. In the end, however, specific wines from specific wineries will show a huge range and that no matter how far we "break down" the ratings. As a single example - think for example of almost neighboring wineries such as Flam and Mony.