I can't speak in terms of absolute quality of the "critic" but my wine philosophy is such that we make good wines when not only our top-level wines are good, but also our lower-end series. Of course, there is technical complexity and technical perfection and enjoyable -- and they aren't always the same thing. But (and I just wrote a blog post about this on http://www.israeli-wine.org
) I firmly believe that wine lovers like us should pay attention not only to the upper-class wines, but also the lower. I, for one, am a huge fan of the Golan series of wine (although, it's different, I can't say better than, say, Yarden) and am thrilled at the improvements at Carmel, not only with the higher end, but also with the Private Collection and even the Selected. They are all great wines -- different, serve different purposes, and of different technical perfections -- but they all have a place and sometimes, even for a special occasion, there is definitely a place for the "lower-end" series.