Scoring wines

These days, the most well-known scoring systems is the 100 point range created by Robert Parker. For better or worse, many people use it to score wines although it’s a bizarre system given that wines are rated from 50-100 points but so it goes and the 20 points system isn’t much better.

While points based on the 100 point system are listed for those who want it as reference, the focus is primarily based on three stars which also corresponds to Gold, Silver, and Bronze found in wine competitions.

***

An excellent, top-end wine of the region that is worthy of note and possibly enjoying on its own, cellaring, splurging, etc.

**

A very good wine, but just short of being one of the absolute top wines of the region. Elegant and well-made, wines of this score often represent an excellent quality/price ratio.

*

Nothing mind blowing, but nothing bad about this wine. Well-made with no defects and perfectly fine for everyday, enjoyable drinking.

+

Improving
This wine will likely improve with more time in the bottle

Fading
This wine will likely weaken with more time in the bottle

Q

Quality/Price
A wine that offers very good value for the price.