Baille Grohman Vineyards ~ Creston British Columbia

Scoring Systems

There are a number of different ways to score wine. I have counted up to seven different systems. I am sure their are more. When judging wine for myself I rate the wine on how fast the bottle empties. When telling someone else about the wine. I like to use terms like, It was Fantastic, good, very good, Okay, save your money. I may occasionally mention five star indicating its the best of the best. In Robert's selections we currently use Robert Parkers 100 point system.

Robert Parker 100 Point system

Score  Explanation

An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. I think wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.


An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. I consider these terrific wines.


A 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 soundly made. In short a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60-69 A 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 I deem unacceptable.

100 point System used by Wine Spectator

Score  Explanation
95-100 Classic, a great wine.
90-94 Outstanding, a wine of superior character and style.
80-89 Good to very good, a wine with special qualities.
70-79 Average, a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws.
60-69 Below average, drinkable but not recommended.
50-59 Poor, undrinkable, not recommended.




10 point system

10 Exceptional wine. Could not be better. All features exceptional
9 Very good wines. Some of the features are exceptional, others could be better.
8 Good wines. All features are noticeably good, but nothing is exceptional.
7 Better wines. More than one feature noticeably good, but still some of the features (or the combination) is average.
6 Very average
5 Quaffing wines. Have no noticeable defects, but no outstanding features either
4 Flawed wines. Have at least one noticeable defect (too sweet, too sour, corked, and so on).
3 Barely drinkable wine. Exhibits defects in most or all of its features (acidity, sugars, flavor etc.) and their combination
2 Bad   no drinkable
1 No longer wine. Vinegar has score 1,
0 Don't even call it wine

5 Star System

Different writers amd websites have different discrption for each star

 5 star Outstanding,, one of the best, fantastic
4 star Also outstanding worth paying more for, very good
3 star Good, Buy,Good
2 star okay , average
1 star just okay but not bad

JANCIS ROBINSON  Before becoming a Master of Wine, studied
Mathematics at Oxford but has never been completely comfortable with the relationship
of wine and numbers. Not denying the usefulness of such systems, she likes the 5 star
scale but also feels the 20 point scale allows more precision.

19-20 Truly exceptional
18 A Humdinger
17 A cut above superior
16 Superior
15 Average
14 Deadly dull or borderline unbalanced
12-13 faulty , unbalanced


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