Beppi Crosariol 17.Oct 2018

8th Generation Pinot Noir 2016, British Columbia

SCORE: 91 PRICE: $23

Jammy and velvety, this is satisfyingly ripe yet dry and lively, offering raspberry-cherry fruit along with cocoa, baking spices and dry underbrush. Great depth of flavour. And, for pinot noir, very attractively priced. Available direct through 8thgeneration.com.

Thoughts about the

"Point System" 

Wine Business International 24.Oct 2019

How scores changed the wine industry - for the better

Roger Morris thinks wine points are a sham. But he's also seen the profound impact that points have had on the US wine market - and he thinks it’s been positive.

Are wine scores a good or bad thing?

When I first met Robert Parker in the late 1970’s just he was beginning to publish the Wine Advocate, I thought he was a nice chap, yet I took an immediate disliking to his 100-point ratings system, the publication’s calling card. The implication was that Parker, and subsequent 100-point raters, could take something subjective and personal and pretend it could be judged objectively, even scientifically.

My dislike was well-founded. The points system has, over and over, proven to be a philosophical sham. Take the rate-athon that happens during the annual Bordeaux en primeur barrel tastings, where the numbers given to the same bottle may vary by as much as three to five points from one professional rater to another. I even doubt that most reviewers could come up with the exact rating of a wine from one day to the next.

That said, awarding wines rating points has been the greatest thing that’s happened to the wine industry since the ancients started using sulfur dioxide as a preservative – and just as controversial.

How scores changed the market

Simply put, ratings points were the prime reason consumer interest in wine, especially in the United States, exploded during the last 25 years of the 20th Century. However much professionals hated them, ratings provided the framework by which both trade and consumers could have a conversation about their thoughts and preferences on styles as well as individual bottles. Those who wanted guidance now had a system to follow, and those of us with independent palates had something to rail against whenever we felt combative.

Before Parker, the United States was then the China of the wine marketing world – all this growth potential just waiting to be tapped. ...... please continue to read

.....“However,” Kapon concludes, “the critics and their scores will remain an important reference point, especially for newer collectors, but in the end, everyone has to find their own palate.”

Roger Morri