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I had a conversation with a buddy who discounted the 1998 Fanti BdM (rated a 95WS) for the sole reason that the vintage was rated a 91. In fact, if you read the write up it starts with “Phenomenal for the vintage”.

So my question is….

Is a 1998 Brunello di Montalcino – rated a 95 (vintage rated a 91) better than a 1999 BdM rated a 92 – but from a better vintage?

Or is it a pure score vs score regardless of the vintage?
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Most reviewers use absolute scores. Thoughts about the quality of the wine relative to the vintage are usually reflected in the tasting notes rather than the score.

To do otherwise would mean that each reviewer's "wine of the vintage" would, by definition, get a 100-point score. You'd end up with a 100-point wine from, say, the '97 vintage in Bordeaux looking like it's the same quality as a 100-point wine from '00.

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