What do the points mean?
Often, you'll find points in these wine descriptions. The only intention I have is to quickly assess the overall wine quality.
As most wine writers warn, the points are meaningless without description.
Second, assessing a wine's qualities is no hard science. It depends on the taster, the bottle, the circumstances how "good" you find a certain wine.
Does that mean that trying to find objective criteria is meaningless? Of course not! That's what this page serves for. It tries to give my criteria (though still vague) for a certain point range.
I do not believe in assessing "pieces" of a wine: finish, colour, aroma, taste,... A wine is a whole (or is supposed to be). A wine can have a magnificent colour, yet no taste at all. Another example are standard wines from very expressive grape varieties: they might have a magnificent bouquet, yet fall back in the mouth.
So I think it's better to rate a wine as a whole. My criteria are stated below. Of course, you might have another opinion. Friends-tasters say that my points are often too high. That might be true, but again: the points are meaningless without description. Compare it to two university professor who rated two different exams:
Professor 1: "Terrific exam! That will be a 12 out of 20!".
Professor 2: "That's not so good. I find several flaws in your argument. It'll be only a 14 out of 20 this time".
Note: With some points, more than 1 wine type can be associated. In that case, you'll find the types indicated with numbers like 1) first type 2) second type. When more than one criterium must be met, they are stated on separate lines without numbers.
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