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Scoring wines

The most well-known scoring system 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 technically rated from 50 points on up, yet nothing below 80 is ever seen.

Points based on the 100-point system are used here for those who want it as reference but Ranks used here are based on three stars, corresponding to Gold, Silver, and Bronze typically 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, for a special celebration, 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 to object either about this wine. Well-made with no defects and perfectly fine for every day, enjoyable drinking.

+

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

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

Q

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