Spring is wonderful, and I love it when the trees start to blossom -- our wild plum is a beautiful shade of pink today. However, blossoms mean pollen, and for a wine taster with hay fever this is a Bad Thing. And is why I yearn for days like this when I taste in the spring (Bardolino in this case), with moisture that drags the pollen to the ground. You'd never guess there was a far shore to Lake Garda, would you?
NO STAR goes to wines that are correctly made but nothing to get excited about.
ONE STAR goes to wines that are good. TWO STARS go to wines that are very good to excellent. THREE STARS and a POINT SCORE (90-100) go to wines that are superb to extraordinary. And I will give pairing suggestions, which I consider much more important than the scores.