Misleading hang tags in wine stores really annoy me. You know those little things the merchants put on the shelf to draw your attention to a particular bottle. Done right they can be really helpful. Done wrong they are negligent at best or fraudulent at worst. They all start the same way: the rating is in screaming big font “92 pts Robert Parker” or something like that. Then come the tricks. I’ve seen all types. The most common is the rating and description is from another vintage. Sometimes the only way you can figure this out by looking at the picture of the label on the tag. The label is from 2008, but the bottle behind it on the shelf is from 2009. Other times it’s from another bottling from the same producer. The biggest violator that I have found in the Frederick area is Ye Old Spirits Shoppe. Yesterday I saw at least three tags that gave superb rating from vintages different than the one they have on sale. If they are just putting the tags there to say last years vintage was highly rated so you should try this year’s then it should be clearly stated. Otherwise you have to believe they are doing it to sucker customers.