At 63 years, after two decades of reviews, Robert Parker announced a few days ago that he will hand over responsibilities for reviewing California wine to Antonio Galloni. “In California, Mr. Parker’s effusive praise played a significant role in creating the market for cult cabernets like Screaming Eagle, Bryant Family and Harlan Estate,
as well for other revered producers like Marcassin and Sine Qua Non,” Eric Asimov commented correctly in The New York Times last week. In a way, we have to admit that his ratings essentially defined the modern California style, with opulence and richness!
There is already much speculation as to how tastes will change under Antonio Galloni, one of Parker’s key lieutenants who has been responsible for Italian and Burgundy wine for several years in the Wine Advocate. Can we expect a shift in the scoring ?
This perhaps will be the start of a new era for California wines, as Mr Galloni seems to favour less intense ripeness and extraction … For his part, Robert Parker wrote in a note to his subscribers that he will continue to review Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley, as well as older vintages of California wines.