Galloni recently posted a TN for the 2016 Poggio Scalette Piantonaia and gave it 50 points saying the wine was undrinkable and should never have been released.
I wondered how often Galloni has handed out a 50 point score, so I did a search: in all his years of reviewing he's given four 70 point scores and four 60 point scores, but this is his one and only 50 pointer.
That made me wonder why he even scored it.
At dinner this week a few friends whose palates I trust (OTW was one of them) said they tasted the 2016 at the winery and thought it was excellent. Which for me casts some doubt on Galloni's credibility. Did he have a bad tasting day? But if it was an off day for him, you'd think with all his experience he'd recognize it for what it was and either retaste at a later date or not write a review at all.
And if the wine was truly that flawed - which I find hard to believe - why not give it a NR score, as he has done many times in the past? Giving it a 50 - the lowest score possible - seems petty and vindictive.