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pinotphile
4 posts

Apr 12, 2007
7 years, 4 months ago

1How to score wine

Assigning a wine a score you are prepared to defend is somewhat of a challenge for anyone and anything, especially for something as dynamic as wine & humans. I used to think in terms of a possible 10, and found 7.5, 8.3 etc. pretty much carried over - tho I too must confess to some occasional inflation...It is almost assumed (as WS does?) nothing much counts <80...

John
59 posts

Apr 12, 2007
7 years, 4 months ago

2Re: How to score wine

We've struggled w/ the low end of the scale. So much so that we pretty much merged a few scales and made our own ... with a few tweaks.

The major problem is that the scale is murky below 80 points. How many people can say a 75 point wine from a 78, or 73? With your level of wine education, you might be able to help us w/ questions like these ... but we certainly found ourselves in a quandary.

If anything, just for wine education, there should be tastings of known "not-so-good" wines that have been definitively rated by parker/ws et. al (if they exist) so people can understand the low end.

On a more practical note, we found problems when asking the wine rookies to rate wines with "standard" 100 point scales. They seem to consistently rate wines at about 72-77 .... and many of those wines had been professionally rated at 83'ish.

Ugh, in general, yet another rant at the 100 point scale. We had internal debate about using the 100 point scale at all ... most of our competitors do 1-5 stars or similar. I felt that regardless of our own personal feelings, the wine industry has already decided that question ... and it settled on the 100 point system. Whether we liked it or not became irrelevant .... in my mind :)

sweetnsour
1 post

Apr 16, 2007
7 years, 4 months ago

3Re: How to score wine

ohhhhh...now I understsand what you were trying to tell me on saturday John...LoL... :)

John
59 posts

Apr 17, 2007
7 years, 4 months ago

4Re: How to score wine

Don't worry S&S ... i subtracted 4 points (if i remember right) off every review that you did and it lined up perfectly.

But I did enjoy the explanation u scribbled at the bottom of your new & improved scoring system :)

Captain Caveman
83 posts

Mar 01, 2009
5 years, 6 months ago

5Re: How to score wine

Please see my review for the 2005 Bogle Merlot.

Each of you should be able to find that wine economicaly at your local grocery store and report what your find. I would like to come to some concensus here about what a passable score means, and your input would be valued.

Captain Caveman
83 posts

Mar 05, 2009
5 years, 5 months ago

6Re: How to score wine

Think in terms of percentiles and you will probably have an easier time understanding where the wines should be scored. I.E. a wine with a score of 75 (like the Bogle Merlot I reviewed the otherday) is better to my taste and experience than 74% of other wines which may be qualified as "California Merlot". Once a wine drops below the 60th percentile, adjuicating a score is largely an exercize in fault finding and that is difficult to do. Who wants to decide whether a wine that tastes like old socks is better or worse than one that smells like a pig shed anyaway?