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Scoring Systems

There are a number of different ways to score wine. I have counted up to seven different systems. I am sure there are more. When judging wine for myself I rate the wine on how fast the bottle empties. When telling someone else about the wine. I like to use terms like, It was Fantastic, good, very good, Okay, save your money. I may occasionally mention five star indicating its the best of the best. In Robert's selections we currently use Robert Parkers 100 point system.

The 100-point wine rating system has become the benchmark of quality in the wine industry. Scoring 90 or avove is considerd a very good wine. Even an 88 is cinsidered good. Acheieving 100 - very few have ever reached that goal.

One important fact to remeber verybody tastes are different One jude may give a wine a 92 and different judge gives the same wine a 88. It is what you like that counts!

“The simplest definition of a great bottle of wine is when you feel sad because the bottle is empty.” ― Tony Margiotta

Robert Parker 100 Point system

Score  Explanation

An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. I think wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.


An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. I consider these terrific wines.


A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor, as well as character with no noticeable flaws.

70-79 An average wine with little distinction except that it is soundly made. In short a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60-69 A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50-59 A wine I deem unacceptable.

100 point System used by Wine Spectator

Score  Explanation
95-100 Classic, a great wine.
90-94 Outstanding, a wine of superior character and style.
80-89 Good to very good, a wine with special qualities.
70-79 Average, a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws.
60-69 Below average, drinkable but not recommended.
50-59 Poor, undrinkable, not recommended.


10 point system

10 Exceptional wine. Could not be better. All features exceptional
9 Very good wines. Some of the features are exceptional, others could be better.
8 Good wines. All features are noticeably good, but nothing is exceptional.
7 Better wines. More than one feature noticeably good, but still some of the features (or the combination) is average.
6 Very average
5 Quaffing wines. Have no noticeable defects, but no outstanding features either
4 Flawed wines. Have at least one noticeable defect (too sweet, too sour, corked, and so on).
3 Barely drinkable wine. Exhibits defects in most or all of its features (acidity, sugars, flavor etc.) and their combination
2 Bad   no drinkable
1 No longer wine. Vinegar has score 1,
0 Don't even call it wine

5 Star System

Different writers amd websites have different discrption for each star

 5 star Outstanding,, one of the best, fantastic
4 star Also outstanding worth paying more for, very good
3 star Good, Buy,Good
2 star okay , average
1 star just okay but not bad

JANCIS ROBINSON  Before becoming a Master of Wine, studied
Mathematics at Oxford but has never been completely comfortable with the relationship
of wine and numbers. Not denying the usefulness of such systems, she likes the 5 star
scale but also feels the 20 point scale allows more precision.

19-20 Truly exceptional
18 A Humdinger
17 A cut above superior
16 Superior
15 Average
14 Deadly dull or borderline unbalanced
12-13 faulty , unbalanced


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