Scoring on kosher wine musings explained
The world of wine has started to look askance at wine scores and I understand why. How can you truly score something that is subjective? As those who read this blog know, I have come to love old world wines more than some new world ones, that is a subjective point of view. So, if I score a wine B, but it has no flaw other than being very ripe to me, is that truly fair? I have stated already many times, that I was moving this way, and for those who like reds from Israel in particular, they should find some other folks who share their opinions.
With that said, I have been harbouring desires to move to a true point system, and after much thought and discussions with a few people, I have decided to stay the course with letter scores. But, I want to make them far clearer and define the criteria around them. The reason why I wanted to move to a point system was that I was finding the letter scoring limiting and that there are clear differences between a 91 and a 93 point wine. That said, in the grand scheme of things, it really does not matter. I used to score wines A- (and a bit) or A- (plus) or A- (and more), all of these were my attempt to differentiate a 90 (A-) from a 91 or a 92 or a 93. In the end, I either go with a number score or I stick with the letter scores. So, since I have decided on the letter scoring – I will do away with the fine grain attempts I made with letter scoring and stick to the more coarse grain letter scoring overall.
So here is my version of the scoring system (a take on the 100 point scale).
C : Flawed and not recommended at all
B : Light flaws but find something else preferably
B+ : This starts to be a wine I would drink, but I would not go out of my way to find and buy
B+ to A-: I would drink this and if the price was good I may go and buy it as well
A-: These are wines I like and do stock in my home
A- to A: These are top of the line wines to me that are truly special
A: These wines are as close to Classic as I could see
A+: I have had one of these in my life – the 99 Giraud, and that was more an experiential score than a real 100 point score, but these will be far and few between.
In the end, there will be far more A- wines out there, from here on out. Instead of having 91 or 92 or 93 wines out there, there will be lots of just A- wines. To get to A- to A (a 94 or so, that will require a very unique wine indeed.
Posted on September 7, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.
Something is not “very unique.” It’s either unique or not unique. Not “very unique,” nor “somewhat unique,” It’s like being pregnant, you are or you aren’t.,
Thanks for the grammar/English lesson, but I like my editorial license.
One can be ‘a little pregnant’
True, I think there are other, less enjoyable, definitive terms – but we will leave those out of this grammar lesson.
Wine scoring is such a pain. Thanks for the explanation.
Essentially, if u do not see a- do not buy. No official flaws but there is so much more out there that is better
Gotcha. There’s a huge advantage to creating your own scale: you don’t feel pressured to modify your rating if somebody else agrees. It’s like a language/culture gap. I’ve been using my own number scale, that I allow to evolve as my palate gets more fine-tuned, and I get to repeatedly face-off my favorite wines (or least-favorite if I’m stuck in one of those “situations”😋). It’s currently standing at a -4 😋 to 11 range, An “average” $17-28 bottle usually gets 2, for example. *shrug*
> winemusings posted: “The world of wine has started to look askance at wine > scores and I understand why. How can you truly score something that is > subjective? As those who read this blog know, I have come to love old world > wines more than some new world ones, that is a subject” >
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