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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and slightly different from Parker's other books
There's all the detail and precision you expect from RP but this is more of an interesting read than his other books. More background and insight about the idiosyncracies of the wines and growers. I found myself reading this book rather than just using it as the essential reference that all his books have become. I felt that I got deeper into the region and its wines...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good example of why Robert Parker is known as precocious
This book is firmly based in the personal opinions of Robert Parker - each account carries the (very disputed) 100 point system which can only really be relevant for one year ( particularly when looking at the Rhone Valley)I would recommend the Rhone Rennaisance as a far more informative and well written account of this fine region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy Rhone wine, get it!, 11 Jan 1998
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This review is from: The Wines of the Rhone Valley (Hardcover)
Parker has done it again. The book give the reader exellent insight into the wine world of Rhone. Major growers are described in detail, not only covering the wines, but history as well. Later vintages are covered with tasting notes. I will not call it negative, but the book demonstrates Parkers 'tast dictatorship': He either enjoy a wine or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BOOK ! Impressive tastings, writings and insights!, 19 April 1999
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This review is from: The Wines of the Rhone Valley (Hardcover)
As a French and especially a French born in a little town located at 20 kilometers from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, I am really amazed that Mr Parker get to know the wines of my own country so deeply. He really understands their 'spirits' and he is - as no one that I know of - able of explaining them and detailing them in beautiful, and in the mean time, trully informative and practical ways. This Rhone Valley's guide - because I consider this to be a real guide even though it is a shot from one author alone - is really pleasing to read and to use. It is motivating! This is a masterpiece to be highly considered by all wine lovers in the sense that the wines from the Rhone area were - and maybe still are - not very well considered by all wine drinkers. Because Mr Parker, as a well know master taster with a huge knowledge about the wines and wine producers of the Rhone Valley, did write this book, people might now get a better understanding of what these wines are, how they are made, and who is doing them best. Mr Parker loves powerfull wines... (so do I) ...I am not suprised that he wrote such a book about this region because the Wines of the Rhone Valley ARE VERY powerfull - but not all of them. This is what you will learn by reading this book. You will find plenty of details as well as plenty of very good addresses there. This book is definitely THE reference for now. Give it a try. It is worth it. And if you visit the Rhone Valley wine country, bring it along with you or you'll miss most of the fun: tasting the good, the excellent and the exceptionnal. A la votre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mine of information on rhone wines, 13 Jun 2001
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Well worth reading. By no means the only view on this rich wine region, but generally very reliable. His comments on Gigondas, Vacqueyras, and Rasteau (an underrated wine) are as valuable as those he makes on the "star" areas like Condrieu. The reassessment of the potential of Chateau Fortia is well made - the 1997 vintage complex and rewarding, if somewhat outside the classic "Chateauneuf du Pape" style. In particular he is alive to the sheer diversity of this region and the personalities of the wines and the people who create them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like him or hate him..., 5 Jun 2001
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Parker is a superb taster. Unfortunately his honesty and/or tastes rub some people up the wrong way. I find his palette and tasting notes to be extremely reliable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good example of why Robert Parker is known as precocious, 16 July 2000
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This book is firmly based in the personal opinions of Robert Parker - each account carries the (very disputed) 100 point system which can only really be relevant for one year ( particularly when looking at the Rhone Valley)I would recommend the Rhone Rennaisance as a far more informative and well written account of this fine region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Le Grand Parkster!, 27 April 2002
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Well, what can I say? Parker's books just amaze me. This book is so well written, the points system helps you a great deal. I thought Parker was only a Bordeaux & Burgundy expert. He is the most influential man in the world on wine expertise. Thanks 'Sir' Robert Parker!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pale and hollow, with views that can be argued about..., 3 July 2001
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While I am not a believer in Parker's point system, I also found that this book gives little detail of the region and its wines. Parker is a famed Bordeaux author, but his experience of Rhone seems to be off less depth. His views - which in my opinion are too narrow and precise to describe such a product as wine - consistently differed from mine.
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