Accidentally I just bought a Saint-Amour-wine of this merchant, not too expensive, only 87 PP. I like Parker, but imagine, some experts would give points to Bob Dylan, to Tangled up in Blue and Tangleds vintages. The wine-mafia has it´s constitution: The rules of colour, nose, length, complexity etc... Buyers believe what they say, but in my opinion wines can have an aesthetic dimension that you can´t judge easily. Like you can´t give Dylan only 70 points cause he´s not singing like Mark Knopfler.
Anyway, the very specific and interesting question about Tangled… it`s a self commenting, distant, a bit vain line, this "When it all came crashing down / I became withdrawn" Show what you feel, don´t talk about it, may Dylan think , when he skips it.
Well...you're kinda right....and kinda wrong...in my opinion. I've done a number of tastings with Bob Parker (and have hung out with him just drinking wine and talking music . He's a BIG Dylan fan), and we have somewhat different philosophies. In my wine newsletter I review and rate wines, as well. Some things are subjective, and others are not. When grading a wine, personal tastes should not come into play, and there are specific criteria that is used. BUT...it depends on how much emphasis you put on each component of that criteria that can alter the review and rating. As an example, Parker puts a lot of weight on the bouquet or the aromatics of the wine. I place a far greater emphasis on the flavor and nuances...because after spending most of my adult life selling wine to the consumer...I know that taste profile is considerably more important than bouquet. Also, a wine rating is based on educated guesswork of where that wine will be when it reaches its apex. So, the rating is NOT reflecting what you're tasting now...unless the wine has already matured. Since statistically 99.8% of wine drinkers consume what they purchase within 48 hours (unless they bought a case, of course), I place more emphasis on how the wine is tasting now and over the next year or so. I do put weight on ageability, but less so than Parker or the Wine Specator. I've always felt I have had an advantage over both, as I've dealt with the consumer since I was 21, and neither Parker nor anybody on the Wine Spectator staff has gone through that.
Obviously, a wine can rate extremely high, yet...you, as an example, may not like it at all. That doesn't alter the validity of the rating. It's simply that a rating is obviously general and is not taking any specific persons taste into account. I've been successful with wine almost from the getgo, because I'm lucky to have a very good palate (and I think that's something that's inate, and cannot fully be taught), and have the opportunity to interact with the consumer, and find out their personal tastes. Most wine writers, do not get that opportunity.
And I still believe that Dylan should include all the verses of Tangled. Leave out a verse from HW 61...and who cares? Same with Desolation. But not Tangled. That's my story and I'm sticking to it