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Wine Spectator editors review more than 15,000 wines each year in blind tastings. Every issue of Wine Spectator magazine contains 400 to 1,000 wine reviews with detailed tasting notes and drink recommendations. Wine Spectator sets stringent standards and relies on the proven ability and experience of its editors as tasters and critics.
Wine Spectator tasters review wines on the following 100-point scale:
95 - 100
Classic: a great wine
90 - 94
Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
85 - 89
Very good: a wine with special qualities
80 - 84
Good: a solid, well-made wine
75 - 79
Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
50 - 74
Robert Parker's rating system employs a 50-100 point quality scale (Parker Points®). The Wine Advocate takes a hard, very critical look at wine, since they would prefer to underestimate the wine's quality than to overestimate it. The numerical ratings are utilized only to enhance and complement the thorough tasting notes.
Wine Advocate tasters review wines on the following 100-point scale:
An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.
90 - 95:
An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 - 89:
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 a soundly made. In essence, 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 deemed to be unacceptable.
Scores in parentheses indicate that the wine was tasted from barrel.