Wine Scoring

The following prose represents a few initial notes on the development of an independent wine scoring system. Development of this system remains a necessary formality to compare wine tasting experiences over time. Moving toward some degree of empirical research will provide consistency and reliability. After considering a wine tasting project a single reality become apparent. Without question, a connoisseur can rank wines by preference during the course of a single year. Sorting wines into a list requires an expression of preference. A higher order examination would require developing a formal wine scoring system.

Please consider that the following wine preference scoring system exists for reference and informational purposes only and does not represent any endorsement: financial or otherwise… Rating is relative to personal preferences within a yearly representative position of memorable wines compared to other wines from the categories of red wine and white wine. A wine tasting, especially a tasting at a winery, will not constitute a scoring event.

100 Point Wine Scoring System

Part One: Pour the wine

1. Visual examination (10 Points)
2. Olfactory examination (10 Points)

Part Two: Taste a small amount of the wine

3. Evaluate the initial tastes (20 Points)
4. Evaluate the second wave of flavor (20 Points)
5. Evaluate the third wave or aftertaste (20 Points)

Part Three: Reconsidering

6. Second olfactory examination (10 Points)
7. Refined second tasting (10 Points)

Example: 100 Point Wine Scoring System

92/100 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars; Artemis, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 (Napa Valley, CA)
August 14, 2009 at 6:30 PM Central Standard Time Kansas City, Kansas

1. Visual examination (9/10 Points)
2. Olfactory examination (9/10 Points)
3. Evaluate the initial tastes (20/20 Points)
4. Evaluate the second wave of flavor (18/20 Points)
5. Evaluate the third wave or aftertaste (17/20 Points)
6. Second olfactory examination (9/10 Points)
7. Refined second tasting (10/10 Points)

Example: 100 Point Wine Scoring System

79/100 Hogue Cellars, Late Harvest White Riesling 2007 (Prosser, WA)
August 25, 2009 at 6:05 PM Mountain Standard Time Colorado Springs, Colorado

1. Visual examination (8/10 Points)
2. Olfactory examination (8/10 Points)
3. Evaluate the initial tastes (17/20 Points)
4. Evaluate the second wave of flavor (15/20 Points)
5. Evaluate the third wave or aftertaste (15/20 Points)
6. Second olfactory examination (8/10 Points)
7. Refined second tasting (8/10 Points)

Updated on August 23, 2009 by Nels Lindahl
Last updated on August 25, 2009 by Nels Lindahl

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