Scoring

I can understand why scoring is so often scorned. Making wines in a particular style to please famous palates in the hope of commercial success and having an industry built on selling wines purely on scores is not an appealing proposal. Scores are easily abused. Probably this is the reason why many writers dislike scoring but then some of them throw out the baby with the bath water. We all have seen tasting notes that come not only without a score but also any assessment. You just can’t tell whether the reviewer thought the wine was good, excellent, poor, worth recommending or buying. Scores are not the only way to address this problem but they can be useful, provided they are used carefully. And that warning has been there from the beginning; just take a look at the original one, the Wine Advocate’s description: “the numerical ratings are utilized only to enhance and complement the thorough tasting notes, which are my primary means of communicating my judgments to you”. He nailed it, I think. I’m gonna use that system.