|Taken from BetterBeerBlog|
AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Beer Advocate:
appearance = 5%
The first step. note the beer's colour, carbonation, head and its retention -- not the label or appearance of the bottle.
smell = 20%
Now bring the beer to your nose. note the beer's aromatic qualities.
taste = 45%
Take a deep sip of the beer. note any flavours, or interpretations of flavours, that you might discover. do they fit the style?
mouthfeel = 10%
Take another sip. note how the beer feels on the palate. too light? too heavy? smooth? coarse?
overall = 20%
Wines are more like written testimonies and a score. Probably based on the person's experience. So if you have less experience, like me, then it is kind of hard to score/grade/rate/whatever-you-call-it the wine. Perhaps there is a need for a better system? Nowadays we look for mainly 88 and up, and there is even 100+
Wine spectator's rating is as such
- 95-100 Classic: a great wine
- 90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
- 85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities
- 80-84 Good: a solid, well-made wine
- 75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
- 50-74 Not recommended
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate's rating is as such
An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.
90 - 95:
An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 - 89:
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 a soundly made. In essence, 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 deemed to be unacceptable.
Perhaps we should learn from Beer dudes and not just score a wine but give exactly the breakdown of the score? Or maybe it is because wine has less characteristics than beer can have that it does not need a more complicated system? Like this guy says beer is more versatile than wine with a wider range of flavor profile. It seems like a search on the web gives a good idea of the general consensus.
So here is a 100 point system that might be useful in the future.
Appearance (residue, colour) 5%
It sounds like plenty of work though. I will stick to smiley faces for now. :D