Scoring

The following scale is used on grapeobserver.com to assess the quality of wine:
  • Faulty
  • Poor
  • Acceptable
  • Good
  • Very Good
  • Outstanding
Outstanding and Very Good wines are wines that your author is probably trying to buy right now and that are highly recommended.  Buy them if you can.

Good wines are just that - well made and you shouldn't be disappointed.

Acceptable wines are more everyday or unremarkable wines that are fault free.

Poor means that largely your author didn't like the wine.

Faulty means that, beyond dislike, your author thought that there was something in fact wrong with the wine, cork taint and oxidation being the usual candidates.

The descriptions of the wines are more important than the scale.  Your author does not use the numerical scales out of 100 (or 20).

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