There are a bunch of consumers out there who steadfastly hold to what the wine reviewers say. If 2014 was a good year—great vintage—then that’s the gospel. Any year not mentioned is an off year. However, a Colorado sommelier begs to differ. What he refers to as a “shoulder” vintage can be a wine that has a lot to offer.
What’s refreshing about this article is the lack of snobbery. Wine doesn’t have to cost a $100 a bottle to be really good. One just needs to look around, do a little tasting, and he or she will discover that bargains abound in the $25-30 price range.