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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What's the Score?

 Life is too short not to make the best and the most of everything that comes your way everyday. - Sasha Azevedo

So you want to know the score huh? Most folks want do want to know the score, especially when it comes to their favorite team, but we as vino-sapiens like to know the score on lots of things besides wine. We rate or score every thing from cars to coffee, so should it be any surprise to find scores attached to wine. But for some when it comes to scoring wine; some folks begin to get a little squeamish and will loudly voice their opinions about how 'unfair' it's. The say, "well one man's perfectly ripe green apple, is another man's tart and bitter experience'.

Of course there's one thing we can all agree with; when it comes to 'scoring' something like wine it's partially subjective and to many it's imprecise at best. While I may find some agreement with that statement and with a few of the "points" haters positions, I don't find any of their arguments compelling enough to not use the 100 point scale. But I have altered some of its meanings and changed a few of the definitions to make it a bit more fun. 

After all we’re talking about a 'sensory' experiences and not everyone has the same experiences that we do. Even Mrs. Cuvee and I can differ on some wines to my surprise, because mostly we are aligned. But still there are those outliers which defy my understanding and hers. But that said, let us take chocolate for example everyone [nearly] loves and appreciates it, some have no interest in it at all, but those folks are what we call the exception. You can't make a set of rules for the exceptions, you simply must discount their interpretation.

So when you take the odd exceptions out of the scoring equation, you'll find that the points really start to make sense and that they become a good barometer. The scoring system in place [the 100 point scale], used by the major publications works for everyday folks who don't taste hundreds of wines each and every year. The best advice about the whole point’s scheme [yes, it's a scheme oh-my] is to find someone who closely matches their own preferences in wine, [yes, mentioned before] especially when in doubt about a certain producer or region of unfamiliarity.

For example; I was in Oregon last year for the Wine Bloggers Conference, I went to what I've dubbed as a "Blending Camp" at R. Stuart and Co. When it came time to make a team to for what would be the final blend of Pinot Noir, we chose teammates that we knew had a similar palate to our own. Having done that, we came to a quick and ready blend [by comparison], which I thought was superior to the other tables. The name of our teams wine was, “Reverence” a fantastic Oregon Pinot Noir.  

Now, if you have ever wondered how I come up the scores for the wines that I review, well then you are in luck. Because today, I'm going to spill the beans, as it were. Perhaps you may have been wondering what a certain score means. If you've ever had either of those questions, but some how never made your way over to my "about the review process" page, I've decided to put it out here, front and center. That way, there's no question about what the points mean and what they will mean to you, if you happen to be silly enough to follow my recommendations.

The score: Yes, I use the 100 point scale, if this makes you unhappy or you disagree with that method, well that’s unfortunate. Sorry to say, there will be no smiley faces, stars, cartoon wine glasses, or A,B, C grades, nope just cold hard numbers [ouch]. The score of wine will break down this way; I give every wine a base point score of 50 points and then I add the following:
Color: Up to 5 points

Aroma: Up to 10 points

Flavor: Up to 10 points

Texture: Up to 10 points

Overall: Up to 10 points

Finally I also use QPR [the quality, price, ratio] score of up to 5 points.

What the scores mean:

95-100 Epic: Will you marry me? Let's run off to Vegas together!

90-94 Wine-tastic Juice: Wanna meet my folks?

85-89 Very Good: Hey, can I call you tomorrow?

80-84 Okay: Oops, looks like I lost your number.

75-79 Marginal: Um what was your name again? [will not be reviewed]

50-74 Dreadful: Um, why was this bottled? Not even recommended for Vinegar. [will not be reviewed] After all life is too short to review bad wine.
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