Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wine Rating

I have always read about how beers are rated being surrounded by non-snobby beer drinkers.
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% 


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Why aren't wines rated that way? Wouldn't it be clearer?  It tells you exactly what a person likes and not like about a beer. Everything in the beer rating system is relevant but perhaps Balance should be added for wine.

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:
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:
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%

Smell 15%

Taste 40%

Mouthfeel 5%

Balance 20%

Overall 15%

Total 100%

It sounds like plenty of work though. I will stick to smiley faces for now. :D

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