Fortunately, the writing of Schildknecht makes up for Miller's stylistic shortcomings. Schildknecht has been a passionate writer, critic and importer of old-world wines for the better part of three decades, and he brings experience to bear on the regions -- the Loire and Burgundy in particular -- that fall outside the paradigms of the Parker palate. The regions whose wines are characterized by finesse and subtlety are entrusted to the "Buyer's Guide's" most nuanced writer. Schildknecht's thoughtful, balanced commentary elevates the entire endeavor.
Here, for example, is his limpid general description of Burgundy: "Most vintners and observers can agree on certain ideals for Burgundy wine, both red and white: clarity of flavor; striking perfume; a balance of caressing textural richness with vivacity and refreshment (even in reds); the capacity to express the distinctiveness of a particular site; and along with all of these traits, a measure of genuine mystery."