Wine from Korean-Owned Vineyard Earns Top Score in Parker System

Wine produced by a U.S. winery run by a Korean firm earned a perfect score from the world's foremost wine taster Robert Parker.

Dana Estates' 2007 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was rated with the highest mark of 100 points on Parker's Web site on Sunday. Dana Estates is located in Napa Valley, California, and operated by Donga One. A limited edition of just 3,000 bottles a year, the wine will be introduced in the U.S. market in spring next year but will not be sold in Korea, Donga One said.

The most influential wine critic in the world, Robert Parker in 1978 founded the newsletter "Wine Advocate" which rates wines from around the globe.

"Only wines rated at 90 points or above in Parker's system are considered high quality in the wine industry," said Shin Sung-ho, head of the marketing department of Nara Food, a wine importer.

Each year only around 10 kinds of wine win full marks from Parker. A total of 212 kinds of wine have been rated 100 points so far, including Château Margaux 1900, Château Mouton Rothschild 1945, and Petrus 1947. Of the 2007 vintages rated this year, 18 earned full marks. The internationally acclaimed French Bordeaux premium wines averaged in the mid-90s, with Lafite-Rothschild attaining 93 points.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 28, 2009 10:55 KST