I tasted several 2007 CDPs blind at a recent lunch. After the wines were revealed, I realized that I had taken one sip of the Clos Saint Jean Ex Machina and dumped into the spit bucket. The wine was one dimensional and had a roasted fruit quality that I do not like. However, my opinion of the 2007 Machina is vastly different from that of a famous critic. Robert Parker wrote that he “tasted the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Deus-Ex Machina three times from bottle. On two of the three times I thought it was the single greatest red wine I have ever tasted. The third time it was merely perfect.” After tasting this wine, I find that quote baffling. Mr. Parker has experienced just about every legendary wine made in the past century, yet he said that the Machina is perhaps the greatest red he has tasted. I have great deal of respect for Mr. Parker and his accomplishments, but I have to question the condition of his taste buds at this stage. Mr. Parker had an incredibly sensitive palate for most of his career, but perhaps age has caught up to him. It is certainly possible that at the age of 62, Mr. Parker’s palate is no longer what it once was. Mr. Parker will remain relevant as long as the public is interested in his opinions, but I wonder how much longer that will last. I entered the wine world reading the Wine Advocate and followed Mr. Parker’s advice religiously. Unfortunately, I now look at his opinions with skepticism. 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild or 2007 Ex Machina? Hmm…..