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Up until the early 1980s when Robert Parker developed and popularized his 100 Point Wine Scoring system, it was a bit difficult for the lay person to make qualitative judgements on wines they had no experience with. The 100 Point Scale, along with numerous other point and star systems, proliferated over the next few decades to where we stand today with numerous Wine Critics available as a reference for all those intrigued by new wines but wishing for some form of input before investing, sometime sizable, amounts of money.
Wine Scores are simply one man/woman’s opinion on the quality of a wine and must be viewed through the prism of subjectivity. Many publications perform their tastings “blind”, simply meaning they are not aware of the bottle’s origin before they score the wine. Many reviewers perform their scorings in exactly the opposite way, walking through the cellars along with the winemaker and estate owner before passing their ultimate judgement. The method undertaken to evaluate wines is not our task to analyze on its merits but rather for us to simply show you the quality of a wine as perceived by other professional tasters.
To get the very most out of wine scores you must take note of the reviewer (not just the publication) that awarded the score and determine for yourself if you agree with their palate. Ultimately, your palate is all that matters regardless of the accolades of the “professional”. Find those that you tend to agree with most and stick to those scores. For that reason we offer as many professional reviews as possible.